Striving For Perfection Is Anything But Perfect.
Do you consider yourself a perfectionist or have you ever been called a perfectionist? Once upon a time we viewed that as a compliment but have since learned we erred in our thinking.
Striving for perfection is stressful, and since we’re human, it really isn’t possible. Being known as a high performer with a commitment to excellence is to be valued, trying to attain perfection can weigh you down and actually impede progress.
Author Cindy Yantis shared the following thoughts about perfection and progress:· Progress is fluid and open. Perfection is rigid and inflexible.
· Perfection is exhausting. Progress is invigorating.
· Perfection wears a mask. Progress is transparent.
· Perfection is endless because you never get there. Progress is endless because you’re always there.
· Perfection focuses on what’s not working, the flaws, the not-enoughs, the old paradigms.
· Progress looks at what is working, the improvements, the discoveries, the aha moments that come from the realization of looking at things in a new way.
· Perfection is obsessed with time. Progress doesn’t measure time because it’s right now. It’s a continuation to the next right-now.
· Progress represents the in-betweens, the moments between milestones and goals reached.
Never stop striving for improvement but do resist getting bogged down with the goal of being perfect!
Mike and Jan
Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be our best. Perfectionism is not about healthy achievement and growth; it’s a shield.