How Self Critical Are You?
And what is it stopping you from doing?
It is such a common conversation. When I talk to my female friends and colleagues about self-criticism and her pernicious sister, perfectionism, they tell me that they wouldn't be as successful without it.
Maybe that is true, maybe not.
What we can know for sure is that it stops us from doing things because we think we are not good enough. Because we can't do them perfectly. The photo with this article is a prime example, I can only see the imperfections. If I wasn't using it to make a point in this article, it wouldn't see the light of day.
Self-criticism and perfectionism stop us from our full range of creative expression. It stops us from writing, creating, taking photos and making.
Even worse, it stops us sharing our creative work for fear that is it not good enough. Which ultimately means that we miss the chance to connect and collaborate with others.
In today blog, I don't have 3 easy points to help you overcome your self-criticism. I haven't solved it by a long shot.
The only technique I can recommend is to push yourself to create and share your work to a deadline. Like this 30 day challenge. There is nothing like putting your work out there and realising that there are people who value it, find it useful and interesting.
A huge thank you to the hundreds of people who are visiting Beyond Busy, joining the conversation on Instagram and sharing on Twitter. It's a huge testament to how, maybe once in a while, perfectionism is not the route to producing work that is of value.
I'd love to know, how do you overcome self-criticism and perfectionism? What would you create if it didn't have to be perfect?