Perfectionism: My Worst Enemy

Sometimes, we just need to give ourselves a break.

Amanda Rosehart

1/13/20221 min read

I’ve found, particularly with artists, that we are our own worst critics.

As you may have noticed, this is a new blog. A new business. After years of thinking about it and then scaring myself out of the idea, I finally decided to go for it. And so far, I think my biggest issue has been … my perfectionism. It’s really hard to start something when your brain is already telling you “It’s not going to work,” or “It’ll be awful. No one will want to look at it.” Now, I’ve been working on this with therapy and self-help books, but it’s really hard to ignore that voice in your head when it feels like it’s practically screaming it at you. 

I’ve done a bit of research and determined that a blog is one of the best ways to help a business’s website show up on search engines. This shouldn’t be too much of an issue. I like writing. But I kept getting stuck. What should I write about? Where should I go for inspiration? What do people want to read? What if people hate it? And so, I was paralyzed before I even got started. 

Well, I’ve decided to try something. Something my perfectionism is already trying to stop. I’m going to make posts based on what I’ve been learning/thinking about the previous couple weeks. Which means, there may not be a lot of consistency. It may even change writing styles. gasp But for me, at some point, I just have to get started. Build up momentum. Try things, see what works and what doesn’t. See what resonates with me.

Starting anything new is terrifying. There are so many ways for it to go wrong. But at some point, you just … have to start. It’s not going to be good. It might be awful. And that’s okay.

At some point, you just have to start. I would love for you to join me, either by starting the thing you’ve always dreamed about, or by providing feedback to me to help me learn. 

Let’s accept our humanity and be perfectly imperfect together.