Perfect Picks: a weekly roundup of resources for online creatives looking to ditch perfect
Welcome to this week’s edition of Perfect Picks, my friend! Each week, I’ll share a few encouraging words + behind-the-scenes insights into my daily perfectionism journal with real-life examples of how I manage when my perfectionism pops up.
Plus, a roundup of useful and inspiring resources for online creatives and recovering perfectionists. Think: practical tips, thought-provoking blog posts + #allthethings I've been loving lately.
Let’s get to it.
Perfectly imperfect encouragement
As entrepreneurs, it's easy to focus all our efforts on what everybody else sees... the fancy schmancy external parts of our business. And a lot of what I do and teach here at Ditch Perfect helps business owners rock just that: to take a big idea and launch it into the world for everyone else to see.
But to me, there's more to the story. Ditch Perfect is about MORE, for those who want more. For those who realize that what happens behind-the-scenes is just (if not more) important than what's up front. For those who've ever whispered, "I wish there were two of me" or "I don't have much more to give" or "When is this going to get easier?" For those who believe that their business shouldn't run them ragged.
Here's what I believe with all my heart: your creative business should be GIVING you a life, instead of taking from it. So, let's make that happen together, you and me. Deal?
Snippets from my perfectionism journal
My perfectionism showed up this week:
as not wanting to ask for help, because I didn't want to bother anyone and I didn't want to be *seen* as a bother
Snippets from my gratitude list
This week I was grateful for...
a phone call with my mom
fresh groceries in the fridge
finding my groove in my new work
making a decision
having the courage to have a difficult conversation
Here’s my offering of inspiring reads for you this week. As always, take what you need.
“Does anyone feel like the world of blogging has become one gigantic pyramid scheme about how to make money blogging? I made $10,000 dollars last month from one post alone! It was hardly any work! You can do it from anywhere! And for $49, I’ll show YOU how to do it in my ecourse! Better register now, it’s only on sale for 48 hours! Everything is an ad now. If you don’t have to pay out of pocket, you’re still clicking on affiliate links or trading your email for a workbook. I’m over it.”
“Whether it’s comparison, fear of change, or any worry in your business, you can guarantee that resisting the negative feelings will make them more intense. Moving through life with the calm acceptance that you will be tested makes it easier to deal with when it comes. It doesn’t make you anything other than a human.”
“The Ditch Perfect way prioritizes slow + steady progress over frantic + frazzled hustle. It values imperfect action over perfect procrastination. It’s about getting away from overwhelm + pressing pause on your big ideas and toward making the dreams you have for your business (and personal life too!) happen in a slow and sustainable way.”
“For far too long, saying “yes” has been my default mode. You need someone to check your resume? Of course! Someone has to work late to live-tweet an event? I’ve got you covered. Need me to pick up your grandma from the airport? Sure! I constantly prioritized other people and their needs over my own, often putting myself at the bottom of my to-do list.”
“This is your life. Probably the only life you get. If somebody invites you to take a walk… meet for brunch… see a movie… play hooky from work… head to the beach… get a last minute ticket for a cruise ship… or just sit and talk… don’t pull away from the invitation. Don’t build a wall of excuses around yourself. Close your laptop. For the love of God, put away your phone. The emails can wait. Say yes to your life. Because… this is it.”
“We’re constantly seeking more, and it can be upsetting when things aren’t going away. But don’t we have enough already? We should always keep striving for better, while being truly thankful for what we have. Because who we are is enough, what we have is enough, and what we do is enough.”
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Hey, Wendy here!
As a perfectionism coach, I help online creatives #ditchperfect, overcome their perfectionism + take action on the big ideas they have for their business. Let’s work together and make those ideas happen.