I'm sure we've all come across someone declaring how much of a perfectionist they are. (Maybe that someone is you) Have you noticed that they/ you say it as if it's no big deal? But isn't it? In my opinion, it is.
Being a perfectionist robs us of progress. It's exhausting. It paralysis us! We are so obsessed with perfection that we fail to see what really drives this mentality. In order to reach a destination, there are necessary steps we need to take and it's whilst taking these steps, we make mistakes, but it's these same mistakes that allow us to grow and eventually take us to our destination. What you view as perfect, may have taken years of mistakes/failure to achieve. If you really analyze perfectionism, you will see it's based in fear. There's a fear of failing and avoidance of making mistakes.
We need to let go of this need to be perfect because it's unattainable and it costs us in the long run. At times, life calls for urgency...think of all the opportunities you've missed due to thinking you weren't the 'perfect' candidate. Stop being so hard on yourself and accept imperfection is a part of life - learn to embrace it. Start where you are and use what you have. The work you've been sitting on needs to be completed. Not for just your own peace of mind, but for the impact it may have on others.
Would you describe yourself as a perfectionist? How have you managed to get out of your own way?