Good Enough is Good Enough

On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost.

I highly recommend The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life by eminent psychologist and Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eger. Here’s an excerpt that I like to read whenever I experience a writing block:

Often when we’re stuck it’s not that we don’t know what to do. It’s that we’re afraid we won’t do it well enough. We’re self-critical. We hold high standards. We want others’ approval—most of all, our own—and think we can earn it by being Superman or Superwoman. But if you’re perfectionistic, you’re going to procrastinate, because perfect means never.

Here’s another way to think about it. If you’re perfectionistic, you’re competing with God. And you’re human. You’re going to make mistakes. Don’t try to beat God, because God will always win.

It doesn’t take courage to strive for perfection. It takes courage to be average. To say, “I’m okay with me.” To say, “Good enough is good enough.”

Source: The Gift, pp. 143-144


8 responses to “Good Enough is Good Enough

  1. I just finished reading this book and it is such a gem. Too often I find self-help books to be pushy or reductive in the service of hustle culture, but this one encourages a gentler approach and addresses the root of the problem. I like that.

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  3. Hey, Joanne. Well, this is a super post. Learning good enough is good enough is a super hard lesson for some of us. Giving ourselves grace not to be perfect is important. Thanks for this post. I shared. 🙂

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