Are you a perfectionist? My dh laughs when I tell him I am a perfectionist, but I know I am. He doesn't laugh to make fun of me; he laughs because he doesn't understand what I mean by perfectionist. Of course I mean perfectionist in the way that Marla describes, a person who is paralyzed by the knowledge that they can't do a job perfectly, therefore doesn't do the job at all. That describes me to a T. Most of the time, the reason I don't do something, or put off doing something, is because I think I won't do it perfectly or that I don't have the time to finish it to my satisfaction.
The time aspect should be settled fairly easily by learning that many jobs can be done or almost completely done in 15 minutes or less. It really is amazing how much work can be accomplished in 15 minutes! If you haven't tried it, you really should! It's a real eye-opener.
The other aspect of this type of perfectionism is that you can't do the job perfectly, or you'll fail at it, or that you won't be good at it. I have this part of it pretty bad too! When I start something new, I have visions of people saying, "Wow! This is great! How do you do that? That's the best _______ I've ever seen!" Boy, is that ever pride! How many times have I failed to bless someone with something I've made or done because I felt that I wouldn't be the very best at it? I haven't tried new techniques on the piano or in sewing because I wasn't sure I could learn it quickly or perfectly. I've always resisted learning how to make alterations in clothes or patterns because I don't think it would be easy to learn and it would look awful. I don't want to play the piano for people because I don't play as well as someone else (who incidentally majored in music in college!). I do wrestle with pride, let me tell you! The more I think on this, the more I realize how sinful this attitude is. I am 40 years old. There are multiple things I could have learned to do over the years that would bless other people if I'd been willing to not be the best, but do it MY best. Things like baking, sewing, needlework, paper crafts, improving my piano skills . . . things that should be done to bless people, not to stroke my pride. So it's time to toss this kind of perfectionism and start doing things for people simply to bless them. And I kind of think I'll get a blessing too, because you can't bless others without God blessing you!