Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™
By Jill Badonsky, MEd | Updated February 17, 2019
I need some help putting play into my creations. I am too much of a perfectionist and am paralyzed by fear much of the time. —Stuck in Park (SIP)
Dearest Sweet SIP,
You’re not alone, my dear. Perfectionism is in epidemic form out there in the world and it not only keeps people paralyzed when they want so badly to create, it can also rob them of any enjoyment once they DO begin.
The feeling of never being “good enough” clouds the rewards of the creative process. Perfectionism can feel like a sentence in a prison of oppression whose punishment is the inability to relax, accept, discover, have fun and acknowledge progress. And that sucks.
You have the advantage of KNOWING you are a perfectionist. Many people have the notion that perfectionism means keeping a meticulous house free of clutter. Creative people are often prone to clutter but are tormented in the creative process by not being able to create the perfect piece or art, work of writing, or business immediately. Some don’t even try or quit too soon because they cannot tolerate feeling imperfect. They often are immobilized by not being able to perfectly translate their idea from their mind to reality. This is self-sabotage.
Perfectionism arises for a number of reasons. Here are just a few:
Here are four solutions that work for many who are paralyzed:
"There are two kinds of perfect: The one you can never achieve, and the other, by just being yourself." —Lauren King
"While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior. —Henry C. Link
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Jill Badonsky is a creativity coaching pioneer, inspirational humorist, artist, and founder of the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™ model. ...