Imperfect Completion

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Deborah Henson-Conant

Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) is a Grammy-nominated composer/performer and mentor to harpists around the world. Her signature harp, the DHC-Light, was designed and named for her by Camac Harps. She composes works for solo harp, ensembles, and concerto settings, and she coaches harpists in creativity and business in her online courses.

If the pursuit of perfection is paralyzing you, there is help.

Let’s talk about finishing things.

If your stomach fell when you read those words, then you might suffer from perfectionistic paralysis. I’m with you. I have it too. I mean, except for the times when I break through the paralysis. But, honestly, I’m so tired of having to break through the paralysis. Whether it’s an album that’s way overdue, sheet music that is waiting for “just a few changes,” or a website that needs updating, it is always a struggle to break through.

When I write that, I hear my coaches in my head telling me not to say I’m struggling, because that’s negative. And then they’re telling me I shouldn’t even be doing these things; I should be delegating them.

So here I am struggling to not think that I’m struggling to break through my perfectionism in doing things I shouldn’t even be doing! How can I possibly finish something?

Whew! It actually feels good to lay it all out.

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Deborah Henson-Conant (DHC) is a Grammy-nominated composer/performer and mentor to harpists around the world. Her signature harp, the DHC-Light, was designed and named for her by Camac Harps. She composes works for solo harp, ensembles, and concerto settings, and she coaches harpists in creativity and business in her online courses.

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