P- Perfectionism…A-Z Challenge.

“Tomorrow, I will get it right.”

– Rowena Curtin (Myself)

Perfectionism is not a good topic to be tackling when I’ve dropped my bundle with the A-Z April Blogging Challenge and am goodness knows how many days behind.

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

– Charles Dickens

For those of you unfamiliar with the April Blogging A-Z Challenge, you write through the alphabet to a theme and post every day except Sunday. In previous years, I’ve really got stuck into the challenge and even exceeded expectations writing in the vicinity of 55,000 words last year. However, this year, I’m so deeply embroiled in my book research and writing, that I’m struggling to put one foot in front of the other let alone juggle the challenge on top.

Of course, I could just stop. Not finish this year.

That isn’t a crime and the powers that be from the A-Z Challenge, are hardly going to throw me in jail or hit me with a hefty fine. No one else is pointing a gun at my head either, including myself. If being involved is just going to stress me out and distract me from the book, walking away even makes sense. I could even take the dogs with me and head down to the beach. I don’t have to do this.

However, I am actually learning a lot through writing this series and thinking through the quotes and how they apply to my current book project and who I am simply as a person.

After all, we don’t always feel like jumping out of bed and even seizing that lifesaving cup of coffee can be a struggle and it’s helpful to look at those moments as well as celebrating our triumphs.

Besides, I particularly wanted to address perfectionism along with what I am coming to acknowledge its close ally…procrastination. Indeed, these days I’m starting to wonder just how many of those good for nothing lazy layabouts are actually perfectionists too afraid of making a mistake and have a go? How many of us are sitting on work we know is good but haven’t taken further because it’s “not there yet”? Where is “there”? Is that absolutely perfection?

I’m not sure whether this quote helps with that but at least it made me smile:

“Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.”

Salvador Dali.

“I have to say that I’ve always believed

perfectionism is more of a disease than a

quality. I do try to go with the flow but I can’t

let go.”

Rowan Atkinson

“We must understand the need for

perfectionism is a corrosive waste of time,

because nothing is ever beyond criticism. No

matter how many hours you spend to render

something flawless, somebody will always be

able to find fault with it.”

-Elizabeth Gilbert

Now, I’ll leave you with the warnings of Drew Barrymore:

“When things are perfect, that’s when you need

to worry most.”

How do you overcome perfectionism? Or, does it still hold you in it’s grasp? On the other hand, there must be those of you who simply couldn’t be bothered and subscribe to a different creed: “Near enough is good enough”.

Best wishes,

Rowena

 

 

7 thoughts on “P- Perfectionism…A-Z Challenge.

  1. Dan Antion

    There’s no danger of having to criticize perfection around me. I’m good with good enough. Sometimes better, but I’m not losing any sleep over that.

    You’ve done a much better job than I did the year I planned to do the A-to-Z thing. I quit before I started.

  2. Rowena Post author

    Thanks for the encouragement, Dan. I’ve been pretty much bang on every day every other year, but my priorities have clearly shifted this year and I’ve also backed away from my general blogging.
    Life has felt quite serious lately as well what with events in Christchurch and Sri Lanka and the blaze at Notre Dame. A friend of mine was also in a serious car accident with her daughter and they seemingly escaped without a scratch but stopped an inch away from a power pole and that really shook us all and I’ve pulled back a bit from blogging. Don’t feel quite so happy go lucky.

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thought you would! Hopefully the world will be in a better place to get back to door hunting next week!
    Best wishes,
    Ro

  4. Pingback: P- Perfectionism…A-Z Challenge. | MARK 35:6 NIV Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

  5. Rowena Post author

    Yes. I can’t believe it’s taken me almost 50 years to wise up to that one. Just think of all the things I would’ve at the very least started and possibly even finished had I known!

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