I have a confession: I'm a perfectionist, at least to some level. (That I want to define my level of perfectionism—or “professionalism,” as I prefer to call it—only confirms I am, indeed, in the perfectionist spectrum.) As might be obvious, this gets meta because I know I can't title this episode “How to Overcome Perfectionism” since I haven't overcome it myself!

If you've been following The Audacity to Podcast for a while, then you've witnessed perfectionism—both its benefits and its disadvantages.

So instead of seeking to teach you how to overcome a personal struggle like this, I want to share what I'm learning, doing, and reminding myself. I hope this will help you in your own podcasting journey, too.

Your audience needs you

People like you

“I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.”

“Stuart Smalley”

Perfectionism is not inherently bad

You can't make “perfect”

But you can still make “excellent”

“Published” is better than “eternal draft”

Would you rather sacrifice, or starve?

The “bar” can be changed

Perfectionism kills momentum

Momentum is greater than stagnation

There is no shame in doing the right thing

Your audience would rather hear from you than not

Delaying allows others to take over

Don't “fake it till you make it”

Train it till you retain it!

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About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

3 comments on “Overcoming Perfectionism in Podcasting

  1. Jason parham says:

    Thanks Daniel! You’ve inspired me to put out an episode!

    1. Mission accomplished. 😀

  2. Luis says:

    Very inspiring!
    I relate to many things you said. And the stories and analogies are nice to listen to. Keep it up, you’re one of the champion podcasters.
    I will use the inspiration to press record and stop the for ever lasting preparation process. Thanks 🙏

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