For Better Creativity, Stop Trying So Hard

How to turn perfectionism into a strength.

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The cycle of perfectionism

1. Wanting to be good too badly

2. This turns to pressure

3. Pressure makes failure scary

4. Self-criticism is encouraged by the ‘suffering artist’ trope

Here are five reminders to help you re-adjust your mindset so it works for you, not against you.

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1. Perfectionism becomes a strength when you set boundaries.

2. Negativity isn’t a big bad wolf.

The only way to avoid criticism is by doing nothing at all.

3. You ≠ your work.

4. Everything is a process without a perfect ending.

5. Imperfect things have value.

6. Criticism is constructive when it’s empathetic

Hey, we’re both tiny specks in a universe full of stars that happened to exist at the same time. Cool!

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