I once had a reader confide in me that she never posted her layouts to online galleries, for fear they were not good enough.
It is understandable yet problematic that we can let good enough truly be enough when it comes to our homes, our kids and our jobs… but not our photography and memory keeping. When it comes to ourselves, we can get really stubborn.
Healthy perfectionism helps you achieve great things and stay motivated, but perfectionism on the side of unhealthy keeps you paralyzed and feeling out of control.
- Do you spend more time organizing than scrapbooking?
- Do you let your insecurities prevent you from getting started?
- Do you not share your work out of fear or embarrassment?
The net effect of unhealthy perfectionism is lost opportunities. By spending time obsessing and not-doing, you take away time from memory making. By letting fear keep you stagnant, you prevent making progress in the stories you want to document. By hiding from the beauty of imperfection, you risk the inner growth that comes from making friends and gaining support from your peers.
Let’s spend some time discussing this topic today. Has perfectionism ever held you back? Share your story and any tips for helping cope with these feelings. I can’t wait to read your comments!
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