I’m writing an article for a magazine. It’s going to be seen by about 30,000 people. Needless to say I’m a bit nervous. I want this thing to be perfect. And perfection means procrastination because I know it will never be perfect. So it’s keeping me from writing.
Here’s the funny thing. Each month, 30,000 individual people visit my site ChurchStageDesignIdeas.com. That’s the exact same amount as will see my article. I not only don’t stress about my posts on CSDI, I churn out two every day. I spend about 30 minutes on them. I’m obviously not over thinking it.
Here’s the background. I started CSDI with no real vision for it reaching over 100 people. I still remember the day I passed 100 views/day. I thought I had hit the pinnacle of my blogging career.
So there was no pressure to be perfect. I didn’t think anyone would see the site, so I only did what was necessary. I wrote simply and stuck with the facts. I made something I was happy with and let it be. Then as the site grew, I stuck with the same model. Perfection was never a necessary element to the success of my site.
And I need to remember that. Perfection is never a necessary element to anyone’s success. The article I write for these 30,000 readers will never be perfect. And that’s ok. I need to keep it simple and make it something I would want to read. I need to write for an audience of 100 and not stress out about it.
So what’s the secret to my overcoming perfectionism today? First, it’s impossible for me to be perfect. Second, I’m choosing to think small so I don’t stress out about it. The same simplicity that made CSDI a success will make this article a success. You don’t need to mess with success.
Today, kill perfectionism. Keep it simple. Don’t stress about the audience. Create something you’ll enjoy and let it be.