Progress over Perfection

Since I started this blog last week, I have posted a single blog post. My ADHD must’ve gotten the best of me again, and I completely forgot about it, or lost interest, right?

Well, it actually couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, I became obsessive about blogging in the past week. Every night I’ve been up until the wee hours of the morning (5am was my record), becoming an information sponge on email marketing, content creating, SEO, marketing funnels, and Lord knows what else.

“I cannot post another blog post until everything is in place,” I say to myself. “No one can see this blog until it looks ready for the outside world.”

“Perfection is the enemy of progress.”

Winston Churchill

This happens to me every time. I know this is how my brain works. I didn’t just pick up jewellery making as a fun hobby for myself last spring, oh no. I developed a website, became an expert in Shopify, bought a whole product photography kit that included lights and backdrops, set up a detailed income and expenditure spreadsheet… And I can tell you I made a net loss. Not because I had bad products or did a bad job, far from it!

I sold out of every item I posted.

All six of them.

I burned myself out before I even could get started. I achieved my goal of looking professional and doing a good job marketing, but if in the end, if it fizzles out, then what’s the point?

My mind treats every new goal like a firework. Fast, intense, dazzling… and short-lived.

My second post is my way of trying to combat that. I’m taking the bull by the horns and saying “SLOW. DOWN.” I don’t have an email sign-up list yet, I don’t have marketing funnels in place, I don’t have a theme I’m 100% happy with… and THAT IS OK.

It’s ok to half-ass something.

It’s ok to do things “just for fun.”

It’s ok to not know everything about a topic.

Done is better than perfect.

By publishing this imperfect, personal post out to the world, I am rewiring my brain. Sounds dramatic, but it is true. I am digging my heels in on the way my ADHD brain has conditioned me to respond. “Do it perfectly or not at all.”

Screw that. We don’t need to let our brains dictate how we live our lives, and lock success away from us. The first step on that journey is working with our brains and choosing progress over perfection.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

– Confucius

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