I was talking to a friend a while back about perfectionism. It happens to be part of both of our personality makeups – and it’s both a blessing and a curse.
Perfectionism can keep you striving to produce something better. It stops you settling for the first draft. That’s good, right? Everyone knows there’s so much value in rewriting, redesigning and rebuilding.
But there needs to be a cut-off point. You finally need to let go of your creation, knowing it’s the best you can do with the time you had.
I struggle with that and it kills my creativity.
Often I find that the reality does not match the picture/sound in my mind’s eye. Therefore I never reach the point where I’m happy enough to let it go.
I know this is a bad idea. However, I’m not saying that if we do release my work early that we suddenly realize it was good after all and wonder what all the fuss was about.
I keep telling myself – every creative expression I make doesn’t have to be perfect – but I do need to finish it and move on. One good thing is, we learn from every new thing we create whether or not we are pleased with the final product. Those lessons help us create again and again with much better results.
So, if you’re itching to create – Create. Move on. Create again. Move on. Don’t hold up the creation production line.
My daughter Katie is 6 years old and loves music. She just started to write songs in her journal and share them with me. With her starting pace being a song a day, I am feeling a little bit of a slacker when it comes to the craft.
I could always steal one of Katie’s and claim it as my own. She’s too small to stop me.