Today, I have made the decision to allow myself to do things badly. This may sound a bit strange, but let me explain.
For the longest time, I’ve been held back by various fears.

The fear of not being good enough.

The fear of failure.

Even the fear of success – as I’ve seen it bring out the worst in some people.
As a result, embarking on anything new that needs a success model can feel daunting to me. I overthink every little detail. Everything has to be exactly as I want it done or I’d feel like flying off the handle.
If typewriters were still a thing, I’d probably have waste baskets overflowing with crumpled sheets of paper every time I try to write something down. This compulsive pursuit of perfection is nothing short of stressful. It traps you in a loop and ends up making you feel, well, absolutely loopy.
Lucky for me, I eventually realized that my perfectionism is linked to an inner child who grew up subjected to both high expectations and constant criticism. The perfectionism was a response to past trauma. And although it has helped me achieve things I’m incredibly proud of, it also weighed me down with immense pressure and anxiety. What started out as a coping mechanism has become maladaptive.
Which brings us back to today – the day where I start doing things differently.
Today, I’m cutting myself some slack and granting myself permission to do things badly. I’m going to embrace the joy of the learning process without fixating on achieving the flawless end result. I’ve done my homework. I’m equipped with the necessary tools.

The goal, of course, is not to do things badly. Far from it. The goal is to get things done instead of overthinking every little detail and barely getting anything done at all.
It’s about taking that first step, and following through with one foot over the other.

I’m sure this struggle is a familiar one. How many of you have obsessed with planning the perfect execution of any project that ended up seeing you stuck instead of getting things done? Trust me, you are not alone. At the very least, you have me with you on the same boat.

Today marks a turning point for me and I’d be honored if you joined me on this path. We need to create more spaces where we can regularly celebrate the imperfections that make us uniquely us, share stories of growth, and help each other find the courage to try anything we set our hearts out to do, even if it means doing it badly at first.
After all, it’s in these moments of vulnerability that we truly discover our capabilities and our authentic selves.

Every big journey starts with a small step. But with courage, commitment, and a little help along the way, those little those steps will take you to where you need to go.

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