Time management tips can provide surprising side benefits. Each time you exercise positive control over your time, you demonstrate your power to direct your life, even in difficult circumstances. Consider these 3 significant advantages you enjoy when you overcome perfectionism:
3 Benefits of Overcoming Perfectionism
Replacing perfectionism with realism helps defeat procrastination.
Perfectionism can prevent you from doing something new, because you fear not doing it well enough. By replacing sky-high expectations with a realistic goal, you mobilize yourself.
Furthermore, as you realign your perspective, you can relax, engaging more fully in the here and now. Focusing on the actual process of involving yourself in a project, rather than nervously worrying about the final outcome, is always empowering. The more you ground yourself in the present moment, the more flexibility and creativity you bring to your work.
Asserting power over your perfectionism makes succeeding more enjoyable.
Do you feel that success means you have to continually meet higher standards? If so, you suffer from “Raising the Bar Syndrome”.
In this syndrome, each effort seems only to lead to demands for greater effort as the bar is raised. Eventually, you face an impossible challenge, and are doomed to fail. When you conquer perfectionism, you can assure yourself that you remain in charge of your time and your goals.
Instead of dreading elevated demands, you can reward yourself and chart your course as you choose. Your health, your relationships, and your outlook on life also improve as you pace yourself more effectively.
By discarding perfectionism, you can make friends with your own mistakes.
Instead of judging mistakes as bad, you can welcome them as valuable avenues for evolution. In reality, you are expanding your understanding of the world by incorporating fresh information.
Consider creating an affirmation for yourself, to help remind you how valuable the process of ongoing learning truly is. A client of mine affirms that the lesson learned from a mistake is always worth the cost. This is because as her horizons expand, her sense of possibility broadens. She can revise her approach, and also refine her goals.
So ultimately, overcoming perfectionism gives you much more than time. Replacing old, rigid standards with friendly guidelines allows you to enjoy the freedom of engaging wholeheartedly and savoring the thrill of discovery!
Now ask yourself: How can you replace perfectionism with productivity today to make the best use of your time?© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.