Something my mentor taught me for all my perfectionists out there (ayoooo!) that are feeling stuck, scared and stalled out:
Commit to B level work.
Not A+. Not A. Not even B+.
B grade. B- even.
If you’re anything like me, you don’t want to put a thing out into the world before it’s juuuust right.
I am that person.
And when I’m trying to get my work and myself to perfection, I produce and show up in the most minimal of ways compared to what I can do.
Take the stories I write and share on this blog for example. Hell, I could stew and worry and try to say the perfect thing – lord knows my brain wants to do all of those things. (And don’t even get me started on the pictures.)
But I write and I push send and I let you take from my words what you will.
Sounds a little vulnerable, but the awesome part?
I write so much more.
And so I help so many more people.
And I create a connection with people who I’ll never even know are watching me.
When we show up imperfectly, we give space for others to do the same in their own lives.
If I waited til my stories were A+ material, you’d most definitely not be reading this, or probably anything from me ohhh, ever?
I’d still be tweaking. Perfecting.
B level work is great work. It gets you out there. It makes you do and not hide.
Imagine if you applied this to your whole life.
What you say.
What you produce.
How you show up.
Here’s what would happen: you’d stop hiding. You’d show up more. You’d speak up more. And you’d contribute you and your amazingness to the planet more.
And if you’ve read this far and aren’t convinced, consider this:
The only thing worse than putting out work that isn’t perfect, is not putting out any work at all.