imperfect action

The Power of Swift Action

I used to think I was a perfectionist until I really stared at my art for a long time and realized my functional collage style is far from perfect. If I really was a perfectionist, I would be painting landscapes scrupulously with oil paints or something, not gluing a bunch of random stuff together to create something that kind of looks functional.

After thinking about this longer I came to embrace that “imperfectionist” inside of me and started making really wild art. Then, after taking some lessons from my favorite Ted Talk I started really understanding myself.

Now, I am glad to be nowhere close to being a perfectionist because I believe the power of swift action is a wonderful thing that can bless people’s lives. Instead of calling this imperfect action I like to call it swift action because it’s hard to do anything perfectly if you do it swiftly. I believe that if more people understood that they didn’t have to do things perfectly they would get so much more done and reach their goals faster.

I no longer stress over double checking everything because I just want to move onto the next project. For example, I’ve been finishing a lot more paintings recently because I’m satisfied with how they look. And when it comes to the kind of home decor we share here on my blog, ideas come to my head a lot more frequently because I’m less nervous about caring whether people will like them or not.

I started messaging friends to share this new internal discovery and some people didn’t respect this message but others have changed their lives due to it. I think it’s amazing how much you can get done if only you don’t care whether it’s perfect or not after you call it “finished.” After all, who is to say that Picasso’s paintings are perfect? That’s a far stretch! If Picasso tried so hard to make everything perfect I bet he wouldn’t have finished half of the paintings he did.

My friend who was most impacted by my message was one from Calgary whom I chat with on Facebook quite often. He works for an appliance repair company ( and I don’t think it’s possible for him to cut corners at work when fixing fridges and suchlike but he has been practicing the power of swift action at home and has noticed an amazing increase in productivity. For the first time in his life, he feels safe saying that he’s creative because he no longer stresses over whether his artwork is good or not. He just gets it done and moves onto the next!

This is why my advice for anyone out there struggling with perfectionism should try finishing some paintings even when they know they’re not perfect. After hanging up your imperfect paintings on the wall for a week or two you’ll start to see the beauty in imperfection and this could be the remedy you need to kick perfectionism to the dust. That’s just my advice, anyway. Also, check out that Ted Talk I mentioned above because there’s a lot more too this topic than I covered here.