I used to wear the label “perfectionism” like a title. So proud. I guess I thought since it had the word “perfect” in the label that meant I was getting close…to being perfect.
I would use that term to describe myself. I have blonde hair, blue eyes and I am a perfectionist. I would tell prospective employers, like that was going to get me the job!
If you identify with being a perfectionist, I want you to really think about what it means.
It means that you that you are not putting your work out into the world until it is perfect, A+ work, nothing but the best, no imperfections. It means that you are not creating the results that you want because it’s not perfect.
Being a perfectionist actually keeps you from showing up as your highest and best self. It means that while you are trying to produce A+ work, ruminating in perfectionism, someone else is putting out B- work and killing it!
How perfect do you think the first automobile was, the first PC, the first anything?
Someone will always come behind you and find something to tweek that will make the thing better, and that doesn’t mean that there was anything wrong with you or your version.
You all have gifts, you have talent, and the world needs to see them.
Where would we be if Bill Gates waited until his PC was perfect before he showed anyone? I want you to really think about it…
What if you jumping out there being all imperfect is what inspires someone else to jump out there too. I have a story about that here.
Perfectionism is what your brain has you ruminating in as an effort to protect you from failure, rejections and humiliation. It sounds like a good thing, like you have higher standards of excellence, like you are more driven than someone else, you work harder. You are wrong!
Put your work out there. You have a song to sing that people need to hear. You have a book to write that people need to read. You have problems to solve that people need solutions for.
If you are waiting to raise your hand until you have to perfect words to say and the perfect tone, the perfect everything, the world won’t know how awesome you are…with all of your flaws…FLAWESOME!!!
It doesn’t matter how you got there, I get it! In a world where nothing but an A will do, B- is uncomfortable. Guess what? That’s exactly what you need to do…being willing to be uncomfortable is the key to success.
As perfectionists, we think that setting high demands for ourselves always results in growth and success. It turns out, by setting such strict, high standards we are ultimately self-sabotaging our efforts. Setting unrealistic expectations is also severely unhealthy.
Perfectionism is a fixed mindset. A fixed mind does not grow!
There are tons of reasons why perfectionism is debilitating for our mindset. Stress, overwhelm, anxiety depression, low or no productivity, low self-worth, missed opportunities…
In a world where we are inundated with Pinterest perfect everything, someone is waiting to be inspired by your imperfection!
Now, go be a goal setting, goal getting, imperfect goal digger!!!!