Posts in Perfectionism
6 must-read personal growth books for creatives

Let me ask you this. When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?

The travel section? Poetry? Murder mysteries?

Well, for me, the path is always the same: self-help here I come. While I love a good forensic thriller (I was obsessed with the book version of dr. Temperance Brennan long before Bones became a tv show), nothing can compare to that floating feeling of inspiration I get whenever I’m turning the pages of a personal development book.

I clearly remember reading Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly for the first time. In between fits of ugly crying, my mind was blown: “How did this woman climb into my head and put down in words exactly what I’m thinking and feeling?”

And that, my friend, is how my love affair with self-help books began. Along the way I’ve found 6 personal growth books that changed my life + that I believe are a must-read for creatives.

These books massively helped me better myself + helped me work on freeing myself from mental barriers and fears. So, let’s turn the page, shall we? (See what I did there? ;)

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A perfectly imperfect story of ditching the hustle of perfectionism

Ditch Perfect’s mission and blog are pretty straightforward: helping creatives (aka YOU!) ditch perfect by providing the tools to overcome perfectionism once and for all, so that you can start taking action on your big creative ideas.

I talk a lot about perfectionism over here: what it is, how it shows up for us and hinders us along the way + what to do to start letting go of your perfectionism.

But I haven’t really shared before about the link between perfectionism and the culture of hustle, hustle, hustle that seems to be all the rage these days.

And believe me, perfectionism is a hustle. It’s hustling for perfection, for approval, for self-worth.

Perfectionism presents us with this vision that has us believing if we achieve perfection, THEN, and only then, we will finally be happy/successful/*insert your particular poison here*. We keep hustling for something that isn’t achievable because we want to achieve that one specific outcome that we believe is waiting for us across the finish line.

Setting aside the question of whether perfection is achievable or not, what perfectionism does is keep us stuck in this cycle of working harder + doing more. We keep chasing after and hustling for a thriving 6-figure business, a stellar career, a house with a white picket fence, the 2.5 children (all symbols of perfection as far as society is concerned) without thinking about whether those things are right for us or match our values and priorities.

The hustle of perfectionism… it’s something I’m deeply passionate about, as I believe it’s one of the ways perfectionism keeps us small.

That’s why I’m so excited to have gotten the chance to talk more in-depth about this topic on my friend Ruth’s blog over at The Anti-Hustle Project.

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Why creatives struggle so much with perfectionism (+ what to do about it)

Why do so many creatives struggle with perfectionism? Are you one of them?

Perfectionism is a problem. And (creative) women in particular struggle with it a lot.

I’ve shared before about 6 ways perfectionism is hurting you and how perfectionism is not the key to success.

But perfectionism must be doing something right, otherwise it wouldn’t be an appealing option to so many of us.

I’m 100% convinced that perfectionism takes away from us + holds us back, but it must give us something too.

Let’s find out what that is.

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8 must-follow Instagram accounts for online creatives looking to ditch perfect in their business

Overcoming your perfectionism is not easy. At all.

It’s a coping mechanism you’ve been carrying around for so many years, so it’s no wonder that many of us recovering perfectionists feel a little tired, stressed + confused from time to time.

But there are people who can help you. People who have gone through the same things you’re going through now.

During my many hours scrolling down the Instagram rabbit hole (I know, I know… #procrastinationfail), I’ve found these 8 accounts for online creatives that are tired of being held back by their inner perfectionist.

These 8 relatable and inspiring Instagram accounts share what it’s really like to let go of the hustle of perfectionism and embrace your perfectly imperfect self instead.

Enjoy!

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10 binge-worthy TED talks to help you deal with perfectionism in your creative business

Trying to overcome your perfectionism is a stressful job and it can wear you down at times if you let it.

I love coming up with new ways and different tools to help you let go of perfectionism in your creative business (and in your personal life, too!) + I’m grateful that I can do what I love everyday, but there are days when I feel less inspired.

When that happens, I find it useful to look outside for inspiration. A good, inspiring TED talk never fails to lift my soul and leave me feeling energized and motivated.

During my many voyages down the black hole that is the TED website (I know, I know… #procrastinationfail), I found these 10 TED talks that will - hopefully - inspire you in your journey of overcoming perfectionism + ditching perfect in your creative business as much as it did for me.

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