Bliss…another full creative day in the studio. Rare indeed and I am soaking it up like a sponge! The muse is tickling my heart! Part of the difficulty of losing my Main Street studio, has been moving my office/studio home. It is a much smaller space and I am now sharing it with clients. It means keeping it just a tad cleaner then if it was my old studio, so I am working hard not to let that impact my own creativity. My clients tell me that the "mess" actually inpires them to create. I hope so as I have moments of thinking it should be "perfect." I have always told people that I first started out working on the floor on a tarp in my studio apartment. It can be easy to sabotage our creative flow when we think…size matters.
Speaking of perfection…I had an interesting discussion today with a woman about her business. She was needing a reminder not to "bite off more than I can chew." I shared with her my philosophy…process not perfection. For so many years, I thought everything had to be perfect right out of the gate. It was actually crazy making for me and led to more stress than necessary.
The process not perfection theory is based on the idea that our businesses and lives are an evolutionary process. It is all about transformation. Things evolve and change over time, and rightfully so as our businesses and lives shift and change. How can the picture stay the same? That would be unhealthy. It would mean we were stagnant.
In my mind, the idea of evolution means we start wherever we are and we recognize that at some point we might just be as ready as we will be in that moment. It is good enough and that is just perfect in itself. I don’t mean we do things half-heartedly, but we don’t strive for perfectionism either!
Perfectionism leads to stress, illness, crazy making behavior and worst of all…burn out. I have been wearing a bracelet on my right wrist since 2005, it says, "Life is a journey, not a destination." It is a daily reminder that is is all about process not perfection.
WRITE IT: Where in your life do you currently utilize the process not perfection mantra? Feel free to post a comment.