I repeat this mantra all the time to myself: “The perfect is the enemy of the good!”
I know it sounds trite, like it’s not NEARLY enough of a tool to help me stop this bad and self-destructive behavior. I should really find a better tool, something more perfect than just using a mantra…. wait, no, “the perfect is the enemy of the good!” And starting with this phrase is certainly better than starting with nothing at all.
And if you say it a lot, all the time, then it becomes natural. At least, it works for me. And so now I’ll be in the middle of doing dishes or something and I can say “Do I really need to rent a wet-vac to get my carpet clean? THE PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD! I should just use a regular vacuum that I actually HAVE and that I can use right now so I’ll actually get it done.”