As a successful coach with a thriving practice, Sarah loved her work and enjoyed supporting her clients to identify and pursue their true priorities in life.
However, she was constantly over-delivering, felt depleted as a result, and harboured a secret sense of shame.
She’d always wanted to write and share the lessons she’d learned from many years of spiritual, personal and professional growth.
Yet despite several attempts to apply her wide-ranging skills to the written word, she kept getting stuck and just couldn’t find her flow.
Despite her professional success, she felt like she was failing.
Striving for Perfection
It soon became apparent in our mentoring sessions that Sarah was striving hard for the perfection she thought was required to write a bestselling book.
Having been brought up to accept nothing less than excellence in all her endeavours, she was struggling with the reality that the early stages of creative expression usually include a degree of chaos!
The idea of writing a rough first draft felt completely alien to her.
Even when she started to understand the principle intellectually, her perfectionist pattern kept knocking her progress and she almost gave up on her dream to write.
Completion Not Perfection
I suggested that Sarah put her writing ambitions temporarily on hold and begin the process of releasing her conditioning by exploring the creative presence and inner alignment at the core of Conscious Writing.
Gradually the tools, techniques and practices which Sarah embraced wholeheartedly set her free from the mindset that had blocked her for so long and opened her heart to a whole new approach.
At that point, I introduced her to one of the mantras that has served me well over the years and continues to do so for many others in similar situations – completion not perfection!
Permission to Write a Rough First Draft
Having prepared the ground by aligning her body, mind and soul, Sarah was ready to receive the powerful message these three words encapsulate and make a fresh start with her writing.
She was finally able to give herself full permission to write a rough first draft and feel OK about it being “good enough for now”.
It wasn’t always easy and her old patterns did re-surface periodically, especially when she was tired or skipped the inner preparation required for Conscious Writing.
So I recommended that she make it a daily practice before she started writing to:
- Shift into a state of conscious presence by doing the Mudra Sequence.*
- Affirm out loud, “I give myself full permission to write a rough first draft today.”
- Remember, and consistently apply, the mantra – completion not perfection!
Sarah is now making excellent progress with her writing and already has ideas for several other books to follow.
Perhaps even more importantly, the shift she’s made in relation to her writing is having a positive impact in all areas of her life.
Having released the illusion of perfection, she’s now enjoying a more relaxed and balanced approach to achieving her goals.
She’s also able to show up more authentically with her clients and the others who share her world.
What’s your relationship with perfection in relation to first draft writing or any other aspect of your life? Please share your comments or ask a question below. Thank you!
* Watch a video of me leading you through the Mudra Sequence by registering for my free Conscious Writing video series in the purple box at the top of the page here.