Within my few months of blogging, I’ve been trying out different approaches to see which works best.
Though I’m still a Work In Progress, the experience has been fascinating and educative so far, and I totally can’t think of anything better to do with my time.
Not being a Web designer or anything of sought, I had quite a difficult time choosing and customizing this present blog template. I spent days trying out different templates to see which suits the blog the most.
After all the stress, I think it’s totally worth it, though.
But why did I spend so much simply to pick a template?
Is this template the best out there?
Will this template be my last choice?
Well, this template is in no way the best out there. As a matter of fact, I’ve tried out many other templates which I’m pretty sure many people will rate better than this present one.
Either way, they were simply not perfect in my eye.
The main reason I had such a difficult time choosing a template for the blog, besides not being a web designer, is because I’m blessed with the gift of wanting nothing but the best.
If I can be number one, why stick to being number two?
If I can have the best, why stick to the good?
In a similar way, If I can get a much more perfect template, why stick to the good one?
This is the single reason I’ve switched templates so much that I’m getting fed up with doing so.
And lastly, I really hope this remains my template, at least for a long time, because of the effort put into customizing it.
This is to say, my blessing of wanting nothing but the best, I sometimes view as a curse.
Well not a curse, but as a weakness I need to overcome.
The desire for the absolute best makes me to continually seek perfection, and my seek for perfection has always yielded a negative result.
This paves way for the topic, perfectionism, it’s effects and the best way to tackle it.
Perfectionism As A Cause Of Procrastination and Time Waste
For those familiar with WordPress, it’s clear that switching templates and adjusting the settings that follow is not the easiest thing to do.
The tiny touches that give a blog’s template the wow effect take almost forever to set up, together with the fact that different templates have different setup procedures.
As a result, seeking for the perfect template has continually made me disregard the most important tasks like content writing that’ll play much more role in growing the blog.
I’ve lost count of how many times I failed to accomplish my goals simply because my seek for the perfect template is eating up all the time.
And of course, anything that cannot help you save time will very rarely help you to become a better person.
Perfectionism As A Gateway To Failure
Now, this may seem like it’s only about the template or that perfectionism only affects me, but the fact remains that it affects every single individual in one way or the other.
Perfectionism makes us so concerned with how good we are and less concerned about how much better we can become.
It’s important to be the best you can be. But to really be the best you can be, you have to go through different stages of trial and error, because nothing teaches you better than experience.
So to be the best you, you have to take the tiny steps, learn from the little mistakes and exercise the new found knowledge.
All these don’t happen at a particular stage. It takes time and practice.
Becoming the best you can be is a learn-and-grow process, and as it is said, everything gets better with time.
Perfectionism, on the other hand, never gives room for this “learn and grow” process.
Perfectionism kind of focuses only on the grow, just as I started out and all I ever wanted was to have that perfect template that’ll leave the audience in awe.
It’s supposed to be a gradual process where I start with the most important which is content writing, learn how such awesome templates are created after using the platform for a while, and then proceed to launch my own awesome template.
But no, perfectionism doesn’t work that way. For perfectionists, it’s a “get it and get it all now” approach.
Perfectionism makes you stagnant at a particular spot trying to make the immediate project perfect, instead of working on many projects, learning from your imperfections, and getting better as a result.
Perfectionism As A Cause Of Demotivation
Have you ever thought for a second like…
If only I had the perfect body…
If only I’m perfect at this…
If only I have a perfect skill…
Well, honestly, the turn around may not really be all rosy if you had the perfect stuff.
Example, if you had the perfect body, chances are you’ll not care as much to working out and living a healthy lifestyle.
But then, working out not only gives you the good body, it primarily aids your health and vitality.
Likewise, if you are perfect in a particular field, chances are you will not practice as much in such field.
And a lack of consistent practice in any field, regardless of how good you are in such field, will gradually make you less talented or skilled in the field.
Another ideal example is my case upon seeking the perfect template.
I always thought that, well, after giving this blog the awesome look, all is left will be content writing and that shouldn’t be much of a big deal.
I was totally wrong.
After picking and customizing this template which I believed to be good enough, I relented. For a whole two weeks!
I usually published articles thrice a week, but after the template was set, it took me exactly two weeks to overpower my demotivation and publish an article, which is this article.
I guess the thought that all is left is “simply” content writing made me underestimate content writing, which in turn became a major demotivation for me.
Finding A Solution
Now that the numerous negative results of perfectionism have been established, what’s the way out?
First off, bear this fact in mind: If everything is perfect, life will cease to exist.
Living is all about trying out new things, making new mistakes, learning from them, and becoming better.
With everything perfect, however, there will basically be nothing new to learn, and life in this state will be null and void — that’s actually if there’ll still be life in that state.
Embrace your imperfections and consider them as an opportunity to learn and grow.
If you’re so gifted that people easily interpret you to be a perfect piece, however, never slow your pace or feel like there’s nothing more to life.
One major interesting thing about life is that tomorrow is never promised.
Have an open mind and keep learning and growing.
As long as there is life, there will always be something new to learn.
Never let perfection or imperfection be your limit!
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