This Is The Real Reason For Your Perfectionism

5 months ago   •   1 min read

By Ernesto Gutierrez, MD
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For more than 35 years, I struggled with "perfectionism."

Although I called it perfectionism, it was fear. Fear of rejection. Fear of criticism. Fear of standing out. Fear of what others will think of me. Fear of leaving my comfort zone.

The weird thing is, almost everyone I’ve spoken to suffers from it.

What if I make a mistake?

For some reason, I used to imagine when I hit publish on a video or post, my peers were going to immediately go see it.

Not only that, I was certain they were going to send the link to each other and laugh hysterically about me. Then they’d proceed to absolutely destroy every argument I made in my article and humiliate me in public. And the worst part? They'd be right!

I’d be exposed as the imposter I was!

But of course this never happened.

Hitting "post" is just the beginning.

The mistake comes from approaching online publishing with an old-school mindset.

Unlike traditional publishing, a digital asset can –and should!– be improved after its release. You can add more content, make corrections, and explain things better.

Knowing this removes the fear associated with putting yourself out there.

If you’ve let “perfectionism” hold you back, know you can always go back and improve your content.

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