Lately, I’ve been thinking about the importance of finishing things, and their relationship to perfectionism. I don’t know if this happens to you, but sometimes I look around and notice I have about 6 or 7 art pieces in the process. Or I notice I want to start another new one, while I’m in the midst of something else. I can have a bit of shiny object syndrome, or the hard work part feels hard. But mostly, I think it boils down to perfectionism. I’d like to talk together a bit about why perfectionism is ruining your art practice.
Yup, there it is, rearing its unattainable little head again.
Here’s the thing. The intention of doing things perfectly will keep us from even starting. It’s such a defeating way to approach the things that matter to us.
I find perfectionism plays out in other areas of my life besides art, too. For example, I’m set to go for a long run or do a hard class at the gym. I think, “Oh man, there’s no way I can do that 100% today! Maybe I shouldn’t go; I don’t want to let myself down, or have other people see me not working hard.”
If I gave in to this way of thinking, would I ever complete my workouts? Nope. I’d be on my couch, thinking about working out, and feeling bad about myself because I can’t seem to do the thing I supposedly want so badly to do. Does this sound familiar to what happens with you for art? It does for me!