Said no one ever.
Although no one would consciously repeat that statement, let alone live by it, I lived a lot of my life as if it was true. I wish I could tell you how many times I allowed perfection to stop me in my tracks.
This became particularly true as our three sons were added one by one to our family. Anything I attempted, like folding laundry, emptying the dishwasher, or writing a meal plan and grocery list was interrupted and incomplete by the end of the day. I became discouraged and quit trying to start anything because I couldn't see it through from start to finish.
I was operating as if anything worth doing is worth doing perfectly. I would never encourage a family member, friend or even a stranger to operate this way – why would I place this burden of perfection upon myself?
Instead, G.K. Chesterton said, “if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” Growth is found in the attempt to do something. We will never get better if we don’t try. Doing something badly? Check. I can do that.
I lowered my expectations and became more confident as I practiced getting things done. I determined that having clean laundry and food to eat were two non-negotiables for our family and I let everything else go for the time-being. Clothes weren't folded and put away immediately and our meals weren't going to be featured on Food Network but I was getting things done badly and we were a happier family for it.
I found that my feeble attempts and sub-par results helped me become more confident and productive each week that went by. Then, I was able to begin to focus on other areas of our family and home life.
I hope this encourages you to strive for progress in areas of your own life where you are afraid to fail or where you feel defeated because if it’s worth doing, "it is worth doing badly."