Hello, my name is Arvel Chappell III and I am a perfectionist. I'm not quite sure how I got here and quite simply don't care. All I know is that it stops today and here's how:
6 step perfectionism recovery plan:
Step 1: Admitting you have a problem. Perfectionism is nothing more then over compensation for fear of not being good enough which is bullshit because everyone is good. Actually no... most people suck but that's beside the point. The point is to have the opportunity to suck... to attempt... to try. Perfectionism keeps you in a rut or in analysis paralysis.
Step 2: Acknowledge your desire to complete whatever your goal is. You have this dream and can't shake it. Acknowledge that and double down because the desire (or task) isn't going anywhere.
Step 3: Accountability. Have a friend or a colleague who you can be accountable to. Someone to share your plan, your fears and insecurities with. If you have no one then write a blog (disable comments) and share it with the world. I'm using this blog for this purpose from now on.
Step 4: Plan. Make a plan but make it plain. You have something to achieve so create the steps but in a way that you can execute.
Step 5: Dates. Your plan is bullshit without dates. Share your plan and your dates so that you can be held accountable to them.
Step 6: Don't take yourself too seriously. Just get out there and do it already. No one really cares what happens so get over yourself. You're alive and able so just do it already!
Want to read more? Check out this article on perfectionism.