Write 31 Days is an annual challenge to write on one topic for every day in October. I knew I wanted to embrace the creative challenge this year, so the question became: what to write?
Ever since The Drafting Desk launched, I’ve been talking to more and more people about perfectionism, and there seems to be a general consensus that “This is just the way I am! I’ve always been this way, and I always will be.”
But that mindset just isn’t good enough for me. I’m tired of wrestling with perfectionism, and I want to be free from it. So, I’ve developed some strategies that work for me. I have stories, ideas, and Scripture I return to again and again.
And I want to share them with you! So, for the month of October, I’ll be sharing 31 ways to fight perfectionism. All the posts in this series will be linked here!
1: Stop assuming you’re not a perfectionist.
2: Define the opposite of perfection.
3: Defined your opposite? Find it everywhere.
4: Stop saying, “I’m sorry.”
5: Say, “I’m sorry.”
6: Write a purpose statement.
7: Take off your make-up.
8: Read a poem.
9: Leave your shoes on.
10: Only take advice from people in the arena.
11: Take the compliment.
12: Teach a child to make mistakes.
13: Practice saying, “I need…”
14: Let your batteries die.
15: Expect rescue instead of punishment.
16: Take yourself out of the running.
17: Forget about the 11 p.m. inspection.
18: Know your strengths.
19: Offer grace to someone having a moment.
20: Embrace mystery and change.
21: Make an “enough” list.
22: Wear a hole in your jeans.
23: Turn off your notifications.
24: Quit trying to be useful.
25: Make peace with being a beginner.
26: Stop setting goals.
27: Pray with your imagination.
28: Don’t paint the edges.
29: Don’t confuse roles with purpose.
30: 9 Easy and Practical Ways to Fight Perfectionism