Is perfection blocking your path?

One of the things I was looking forward to in running this business was the writing aspect of it. I liked the idea of having a blog where I could share my thoughts with you. I have a lot of ideas of things I’d like to write about.

I was also looking forward to learning a lot. I know nothing about websites or blogging, so it was a whole new world for me to explore, and I love to learn.

I’d be okay with my writer’s block if I could make my hair look like this

But I made a mistake. I did some reading about how to write good blog posts… and I got completely STUCK. For the last couple of weeks I couldn’t write. All the ideas I’d had floating around were suddenly gone because they did not fit the template of a “good blog post”. They didn’t include a list of “how to” or they didn’t tell you in the title why you were failing at something.

Now sure, the tips I read were all important to consider. I’ll keep them in mind, and occasionally I may write a list for you (if I really think it might be useful). But I realised yesterday that by trying to get it perfect right from the start, I was not getting anywhere at all.

So for now, I’m just going to write my posts for you the way I want to write them. Over time my skills may develop to the point that my posts are likely to be shared and to bring more traffic to my website. But right now, I’d like to focus more on developing some consistency and letting you get to know me through the way I write, not through yet another “Thirteen Ways You’re Failing at Life” post.

Here’s the reason I’m sharing this with you: I want you to think about whether there is something that you’re stuck on simply because you only want to do it perfectly. Is perfection blocking your path? I’m curious to know what sort of things YOU might be stuck on. Share with me in the comments.

 

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2 Replies to “Is perfection blocking your path?”

  1. I think you have a great writing style Emma and a quick, easy read during a busy day, that is thought provoking and very relatable, is just what I need. As for the perfection side of things, I struggle to try things that I don’t think I am good at. Something I need to work on is stepping outside of my box, as of course how will I learn what else I am good at if I never try!

    1. Thanks for your lovely feedback Lisa! It’s always encouraging to know that people are reading and enjoying my writing.

      You’re so right – there are so many things that you may absolutely love or be really great at, but the only way to discover them is to actually try them. What do you think you could try this month that’s a bit outside your comfort zone?

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