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Process, not perfection

Our culture reveres progress.

Particularly progress that happens in a straight upward trajectory.

We are a results-oriented people.

But human beings were not meant to be constant milestone-achieving machines.

We are human beings, not human doings.

Writer and teacher Dr. Valerie Rein recently introduced me to the phrase “process not perfection.”

You’ll notice that’s PROCESS. Not PROGRESS.

Process, not perfection.

In creativity and writing, falling in love with the process is paramount.

We don’t always make linear progress on a writing project.

Sometimes we write A HUNDRED PAGES and then throw the whole thing out. 

But here’s the thing with writing – and with life: nothing is ever wasted.


That time you spent writing those one hundred pages has made you into the writer you needed to become to write your next project.

That money you spent on your business that didn’t get you the results you wanted was an investment in becoming the entrepreneur you needed to become to create your next success.

Process, not perfection.

This month in my new writing membership, Write Yourself Free, we are diving deep into falling in love with the process. 

Because when you truly fall in love with the process, you’ll discover that you’ve already arrived.

There’s no “there” that you’re striving to get to.

You write for the enjoyment of writing. 

You take the next leap in your business for the challenge of doing something you’ve never done before.

You live in this present moment.

Because, after all, it’s the only one we have.

P.S. Doors to Write Yourself Free are open! WYF is a writing membership for women (and those who identify as women). You get teaching, live Q&A, accountability, inspiration … and it’s just $35/month. Get access to Write Yourself Free.

May 8, 2020

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