Saying No to Perfection on LinkedIn

linkedin personal branding Sep 15, 2021
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Saying No to Perfection on LinkedIn

LinkedIn tends to feel curated and professional, but that doesn't mean you need to be perfect. From time to time, everyone makes a typo, goes on a tangent, or posts something that doesn’t make sense. This is what makes LinkedIn an extension of our real, professional lives.


Why Perfection is Stopping you From Taking Advantage of LinkedIn

Being a perfectionist is something we have all experienced in some aspect of our lives. From childhood to adulthood, women often face pressures to be perfect. Not only is this unsustainable, but it also forces us to miss out on so much.


Perfection on social media is unattainable, so don't bother aiming for it. It's not possible to please everyone, and part of having a personal brand means you're going to appeal to some people and not others (I wrote about that here). That's ok!


Saying No to Perfection

We all know that perfection is unattainable. Not only is it scientifically proven that it increases anxiety and stress, it also has vast implications for mental health. Continually striving to be perfect or the best can have detrimental effects on the other parts of your life.


Without the mistakes or vulnerabilities, social media loses the human element and becomes far less relatable. So many people are ensuring everything is perfect, from the language to the photo, to the content they share. No one wants to share the negatives or the failures.  But negatives and failures are part of life and make for interesting subject matter in our highly curated world. Sometimes things don’t go as planned, but there are lessons learned. These lessons can be valuable to your network! So, How do you get past the idea of perfection on LinkedIn?


The first step to getting past your perfectionist attitude is to acknowledge that you have it. Is this what is holding you back from posting on LinkedIn? If so, it's time to move forward. Develop an understanding of why you need your LinkedIn posts to be perfect, and identify what the consequences are. What happens if you don’t post on LinkedIn? What happens if you post an imperfect post? When you realize that there are very few ‘cons’ to posting an imperfect post, you can start moving forward.


Take a progress over perfection approach. This will allow you to develop greater confidence, utilize LinkedIn more, and become the leader you want to be.


Here is how to organize your thoughts!

We know that it is easier said than done. While we wish it could be as simple as flipping a switch, perfectionism is something you have to work through, so how can you utilize LinkedIn while combating perfectionism?


Drafting will become your best friend. You can write out your post and then save it for later. This is great when you want to use the 24 hour rule. This rule suggests that you draft your post, wait 24 hours, read it again, and then post. This ensures that you don’t hyper analyze what you have written and that you remain true to the content you want to post.


Another strategy that can be implemented is to not scroll through LinkedIn before or after you post. This is because you may catch yourself second guessing your post, the quality of it, and if it was ‘good enough’ to be posted. Allow your content to speak for itself because it is good enough, and it deserves to be seen.


Engaging in other posts can help your content be seen, but not if it stops you from posting all together!


Stop letting perfectionism stop you. Your unique perspective is needed in the world! If you want to learn more about the perks of LinkedIn, read more LinkedIn blogs, or reach out!

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