“Let’s see what we can get away with” 🤫 – an exercise for perfectionists.
I read this line recently in “You are a badass” by Jen Sincero, and it stuck with me ever since. It’s a counterintuitive, yet refreshing way of dealing with the creative process and the inevitable inner critic that comes along for the ride.
When I started integrating this phrase into my mindset, my perfectionistic self initially rebelled against it, of course. “Oh, the horror! What do you mean what I can get away with? I’m going for quality! I want to release quality music only! This is disturbing!”
But, anyone who has put themselves and their art out there hasn’t done so, because they legitimately felt it was the highest ever quality or perfect or ready or inherently finished. They put it out there because they DECIDED to put it out there.
As one of my other favorite writers, Danielle Laporte says: “I always want to burn everything I wrote before 9 am today”. Exactly. But when you commit to your art, you know there’s someone out there who needs to read it, see it or hear it. So you go ahead and hit publish or share anyway!
The thought “let’s see what I can get away with” to me has a lightness, a joyfulness. A cheekyness. It reminds me of bringing back the fun to whatever it is I’m trying to create. It reminds me not to take myself so damn seriously.
Can you relate? Do you worry that your emerging song, book or idea is perhaps somewhat mediocre? Is that your worst fear of fears? Well, let’s see if you can get away with it anyway…
As a mental exercise, try to fully lean into the idea that you’re a fraud and an imposter and don’t know what the heck you’re doing – and then do it anyway.
Just don’t tell anyone and they might not notice 😱 They might actually like what you’ve made! Eek!
PS: I found this pic of when I was about 15 years old. For me, that was an era where I suffered a lot less from overthinking and as a result, got away with a whole lot more 😉