I used to be a perfectionist. I got over that.
Why? From the words of Robert H. Schuller. “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” Strive for progress over perfection. Always.
Ideas stay perfect when they stay in your head. Perfection is an illusion. You need to let them leave your head and enter reality. It’s scary because there’s inevitable imperfection. Chaos will certainly arrive.
Instead, we should seek out to be good enough. This is a metric that can add up over time to create greatness. When an idea starts to be executed on, challenges arise. It is those very same problems that push your limits. When your waver on the edge of what is possible, you start to maximize your potential.
Potential is ever-evolving while perfection is a made-up state that is never reached. It allows for excuses to create obstacles.
Similar to how perfection is an end-state, so are plans until reality hits.
“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. There is a very great distinction because when you are planning for an emergency you must start with this one thing: the very definition of ’emergency’ is that it is unexpected, therefore it is not going to happen the way you are planning.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower