Fear of imperfection pulls us in the opposite direction of perfection. Our goal should never be perfection but progress. If we get caught up in wanting things to be perfect and letting fear prevent us from even beginning, we will never progress and therefore, never have a chance to perfect it. The “it” could be anything; sewing a pillow, creating a blog, starting a business, painting a picture, writing a book, working out, rearranging furniture. The list is endless but the thing that prevents us from beginning is one and the same, fear of imperfection.
When we view whatever it is we want to accomplish, we usually compare our beginnings with someone else’s “masterpiece” or at the very least a more perfected work. We want our work to be of the same quality and if this is our expectation, our work will probably fall short and then we will feel as if we have failed. We forget or don’t realize that the creators of these “masterpieces” did not start out with masterpieces. The more we are okay with creating imperfect work and choosing progress over perfection, the more likely we are to achieve or create what we desire.