How many times have you held yourself back waiting for the perfect moment? I’m ready to start this new fitness program BUT…I’m ready to share my work with the world BUT. It’s time to kick that big BUT in the butt because the reality of the matter is, the perfect moment will never arrive.
Today I share with you the acoustic version of beYOUtiful, which almost didn’t happen. My vision was to record it in a lavish, professional studio but a few days before the scheduled recording I got a call from the studio saying that they could no longer facilitate the session. I was sitting in the rehearsal studio when I got the news and as I absorbed the shock of the situation the mix engineer said, “Why not just do it here?” But, it’s not perfect, I thought. And there I was again holding myself back waiting for the perfect moment. This was my opportunity to jump out of the perfectionism trap and so I said, “Yes lets just do it.” We seized the moment and now I can share the video with you because I did not allow the circumstances to dictate the outcome:
It is easy to hide behind the veil of perfectionism because it carries with it an entourage of alibis to readily give you a reason not to take the leap. One of perfectionism’s chief alibis is fear, often taking the form of procrastination and self-doubt. I’ve had to learn the hard way that opportunity usually does not knock; it breezes through without permission and it is not shiny and golden. That perfect opportunity you await usually comes in the form of tragedy, obstacles and challenges that you must push through to create your magical breakthrough. Great people have the foresight to know that temporary defeat is usually a portal to success. Here are five practical steps you can take to break out of the perfectionism trap and achieve success.Here are five steps you can take to zap perfectionism and seize the moment Click To Tweet
- The only perfect moment is RIGHT NOW
Not tomorrow, not three months from now but right now. As you step out of the perfectionism trap you learn to realize the power of now. Waiting for the perfect moment traps us in limbo running scared of our own greatness. Click To TweetThe great men and women of our time used what they had in the moment to create their masterpieces. Many of them exposed those masterpieces before they thought it was ready only to discover that it was just what the world needed. You must seize the moment!
- Realize that perfectionism is a MYTH
I often used to call myself a perfectionist and I thought that it was a good character trait until I realized that striving for perfectionism is like chasing a ghost. For many years I was told that I was not ready to expose my music to the world. When I became frustrated with someone else constantly telling me this I realized that I had been telling myself the same thing for much longer. I was scared of my own greatness so I was trapped in limbo waiting for the perfect mythical moment. Perfectionism is a myth; the sooner you realize that, the sooner you will be able to free yourself from this useless hoax.Perfectionism is a myth; the sooner you realize the sooner you will free yourself from it Click To Tweet
- Recognize the fear… and do it anyway
Perfectionism carries fear under its wings because its main purpose is to keep you from reaching your full potential. Whenever you feel like you have betrayed yourself by not taking action or doing what you know you are supposed to do; these two are always the culprit. Severe self-doubt is always lurking beneath those two culprits and it shows up in your negative self-talk. When you spot these signs it is time to go ahead and do exactly what you have been putting off.
- Zap Procrastination
Procrastination is an alibi of perfectionism. You tell yourself that, it will be perfect at some future moment…just not right now. I am scared to imagine how many people buried in graveyards were waiting for their perfect moment to arrive.
- Focus on the good
Perfectionism is not a future state. It does not come after you have fixed all your flaws because at your essence you are whole and perfect as you are. Perfectionism tricks us to focus on what we think we are missing rather than what we have. Shift your mindset to focus on what you have going for you. As you experience the success of taking chances and doing things before you think you’re ready you will be propelled out of the trap.Step out of the perfectionism trap by realizing that you are whole and perfect as you are Click To Tweet
What have you been putting off because you have been waiting for the perfect moment? Share with me in the comments and let us know how you plan to seize the moment.
On my next blog I will talk more about this tricky little idea of perfectionism and how it might be pointing you in the direction of your destiny by trying to keep you from it. Stay tuned … this one will be juicy!
From my heart to yours,