SpiritualSunday #PursuitOfPerfectionOrExcellence I know "you" perfectionists are reading this; We all want to have that perfect life and job or to be that perfect manager, parent, as well as our perfect selves and the list goes on and on.... We are convinced that to be acceptable we need to measure up to a societal standard of perfection. This evolves from the fact that at an early age we learn that we need to get an "A" (whether we're capable of it or not) and anything less makes us unworthy. As a result, we associate failure with shame and humiliation rather than trying to do our very best and failing ~~ it’s better to give up all together.
It's called perfectionism, more common than we dare to admit.
Are you a Perfectionist?
Perfectionists are not only people who want to be perfect but have internal perfection monsters related to
* having unrealistic expectations and feeling frustrated when things don't go as planned or when they fail
* waiting for the "best time" to start; preparing themselves to do the work and they get lost in the detail because nothing is ever good enough which is why they find it hard to delegate responsibility
* thinking in black and white/all or nothing terms (i.e. If I’m not smart, I’m stupid)
The Perfectionist mindset brings stress and can only lead to discontent and it is only through practice and in doing our best that we reach excellency
To put it bluntly, "We cannot be perfect!" Yet many well-meaning people continue to strive in our own efforts for this unattainable goal for something that only God can do.
Debra Vogel is an entrepreneur, public speaker, real estate professional and the author of Failing Forward. Follow along as she challenges your perception of failure to achieve success in life..