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How You can Win the Fight Against Perfectionism

by JC Thompson

One of the things that you must fight against in ministry and in general is perfectionism.

Perfectionism is the idea that perfection is attainable. My tendency is to work until I get something that I can find no flaws in. It’s actually ridiculous. Over time though, I’ve learned that I cripple myself in the process because perfection is un-attainable.

“The cost of being wrong is less than the cost of doing nothing.”  -Seth Godin

It’s time that we start fighting against that last tweak and instead get it done and move forward. Here are a few things that I use to help me.

1. Pomodoro Technique
I’ve written about the pomodoro technique in the past and use the marinara timer to help me get stuff done. I move on from smaller tasks after the timer is up. It also helps me stay focused. I only work on that task when the timer is on.

2. Deadlines
I have begun to set deadlines for my projects. It helps me know that this is the end I must have something to show for my work. It’s so much more important to complete work and ship than do nothing. 

What are some things you do to fight against perfectionism?

JC is the 5th and 6th grade pastor at Brookwood Church in Simpsonville, South Carolina. His second passion is preteen ministry, and he loves to talk about it with other leaders. His first passion is his growing family. JC and his amazing wife welcomed their first child, Cannon, in the Spring of 2012. You can reach him on his blog at JCisOnline.com or via Twitter: @jcisonline.

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