I recently had an interviewer ask me about my journey from being an attorney to following my purpose and passion as an inspirational speaker, author, and Christian life & business coach..
“What has been the most challenging part of your journey?”
My answer….the need to be perfect.
In the beginning, I was ecstatic about fulfilling my soul’s purpose, but at the same time afraid that I would suck at it.
I agonized over every little detail of my business and became paralyzed by my need to make sure everything was “just right.”
Perfection Paralysis Is Real
I can share this with you because I know I’m not alone.
Perfection paralysis prevents many Christian women from achieving the personal and professional success they truly desire.
Whether it’s starting a new career, launching a business, writing a book, or even going back to school, the fear that we won’t quite be good enough holds many of us back from unleashing our fullest God-given potential.
Instead of living passionate, purposeful. and prosperous lives , we settle for much less than God’s best for us. Not because it isn’t for us, but because we won’t give ourselves permission to make event the slightest mistake.
It’s a dangerous condition.
But, perfection paralysis is not a permanent predicament. It can be cured.
Today, I’m going to give you one simple strategy that will help you to stop the perfection paralysis and start moving toward your fullest God-given potential.
Here we go…
Do you ever stop yourself from starting a new project because when you think about people you admire you say, “I don’t think I could ever be as good as they are…”
Because you are comparing your beginning to someone else’s ending.
When you hold yourself to a standard it took someone else years to attain, you’ll never be able to measure up.
Here’s something for you to consider—Every pro started out as an amateur.
Instead of skipping ahead to the end, start from the beginning. Learn the skills you need to develop now to mover you toward the goals you would like to accomplish.
One of the best ways to do this is by spending time with a mentor—someone who has accomplished the things you’d like to accomplish someday. Take your mentor out to lunch and ask her…
How did you get started doing what you are currently doing?
What skills did you have to develop in order to get where you are today?
What lessons have you learned along the way?
Chances are, you’ll discover that the person you admire had to start with similar (or maybe even much more difficult) circumstances.
START THIS, TOO!
A Step A Day Keeps The Paralysis Away.
It doesn’t take huge leaps to overcome perfection paralysis. Taking just one small action step a day helps you to build momentum toward your goals. I invite you to claim your free download of the 31 Days of Personal Growth Calendar and receive a month full of simple activities you can take to enhance your personal and spiritual growth every day.
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