I am a perfectionist...and not the kind that works at something and won't give up until it's juuuuust right, but the kind that won't start something unless there is a 95% chance it can be done well and completely in one go.
I am also keenly aware of the sheer volume of people in the world that are better than me in everything.
These two things together create in me an icky, hissing voice that is darn near impossible to ignore.
It's name is Inadequacy.
I hate it's guts.
Inadequacy is a crafty critter that takes a thread of truth (such as,"You're not the best writer in the world." or "You're an imperfect parent.") and somehow weaves a sticky web if lies and half-truths that I often blindly fly through only to get completely entangled and eventually stuck.
Because of the transparent nature of this web, and the fact that it's very slimly based on something true it is very hard to avoid it. I'm trying to learn what to do when I'm stuck. My thinking is that by learning to escape I'll eventually learn to avoid. That's my plan, anyway.
Since I'm a Christian, my first weapon will be prayer. I like to keep my prayers short when I'm frustrated, so it will probably go something like "I'm stuck. Help please?"
I'm also planning a kind of mantra of complete truths that I can repeat to myself that include scripture. Something such as "...whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." which is Philippians 4 verses 8 and 9. The idea is to get my mind on positive things and away from Inadequacy's gibber gabber. I can think about all the things I have done right and also think about people in my life that are inspiring rather than let my mind get carried away on the negative. Heck, God even promises to be with me in response...you can't beat that.
The final thing is to grab those things that I avoid doing and do them anyway. So when I'm feeling inadequate about blogging, I need to blog anyway...about anything. Just get on there and post something, to show myself that I can. If I'm feeling uninspired in my other writing, I need to write anyway. Even if I don't add to my stories or book I need to write every day, period...even if it's all incoherent drivel! If I'm screwing up in the parenting department I need to, as my swimming coach once said, fake it 'till I make it. Even if I'm not feeling patient, or creative or energetic I need to fake it. The feeling isn't truth--actions are the truth. Acting patient is better than being a turd to my kids or husband.
There's a lot more to dealing with mental static than just these things, like eating right and exercise, but I think that having this kind of mental ammo is just as necessary for my survival.
What kinds of mental static to YOU battle? How to you deal with it?