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How To Pass By Perfectionism And Move Towards Mastery

Perfectionism is something we often talk about here.

With good reason - it's one of the biggest obstacles we face as creative artists, and consistently seems to sabotage our attempts to just create what matters, create what we love, and enjoy ourselves while we're doing so.

Striving to make the best possible work we can is admirable, and of course our ambitions are important.

The problems start when we focus our entire creative energy on crafting that one single perfect masterpiece that will be our great glory, our lasting legacy.

Wherever that drive for perfectionism may have been inherited from - parents, past teachers, peers - it doesn't support us in being the greatest, happiest artist we can be today.

In fact more often than not it inhibits us greatly, making us feel restricted, frustrated and miserable.

So I'm suggesting an alternative.

I'm suggesting we free ourselves from perfectionism by passing it by entirely, and instead moving towards mastery.

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Even mastery seems to be about being good enough "someday".  What about just playing around and having fun? These are peaks of creative joy if not artistic greatness.

+Anne Westlund Absolutely agree Anne. In part of the article I spoke about how when you're so focused on a single distant peak, you don't recognise and appreciate what's all around you. It's like being up amongst beautiful mountains and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, and not enjoying being there because you're entirely focused on not being at the very peak. 

Also, when you move towards mastery, in my experience you do enjoy creating more, because it flows better. You don't get stuck and frustrated not knowing how to do something or not having the skills to move forward every five minutes. You have the experience to let your creativity unfold more fluidly and in a more rewarding and expressive way. That only comes from practice (and a lot of playing around and having fun!) : )
+Katrina Pfannkuch Thanks for your thoughts Katrina. Everything we create (everything - not just what we label our art or our work) influences and informs us as artists, as human beings. We're in a continual state of evolution, constantly working on the composite portrait of ourselves, the way we experience the world and what it means to us.
I agree that I'm much more comfortable when I'm good at something.  We need to do stuff we're not good at sometimes too and go beyond our comfort zones.  I bet you'll address that in another post!
I have been upset because I am not a perfect cook. nowadays I am just enjoying the fun of cooking and eating
lots of love from susan JOY 
+Anne Westlund That is a good suggestion! We definitely need a combination I think - to move towards mastery by getting to know our materials and equipment and ways of creating, which can only come with repeated (daily) practice. Plus regular forays into the unknown, experiments into new areas and with new ideas to keep us excited, fresh and developing.

+Susan Hosken Cooking and eating is all about enjoyment, and one of the most all encompassing forms of creating there is. When we're preparing food it engages all of the senses - few other creative acts do that all at once.
  what a wonderful comment that is so helpful to me about cooking being all the senses. it now explains why it has taken me 10 years since my breakdown to be finally able to create freely with my cooking and not need cook books and help
lots of love from susan JOY 
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