Finding time to overcome perfectionism in your life can free you up to be your most creative and productive self. Conversely, allowing perfectionism to shackle you and your energy will leave you frustrated, discouraged, and perpetually spinning your tires. This is because perfection is an illusion, and a harsh one at that! The difference between striving for excellence and striving for perfection is something that we explored not long ago on the Time Finder, where we concluded:
- Excellence is always evolving and changing. You attain one level of excellence and then strive for the next. Each moment offers new opportunities for excellence.
- Perfection, on the other hand, is where you stop. What could follow? There is something about perfection that is, at its core, inimical to the human condition.
Your inner critic thrives on the expectation of perfection. Your creativity, on the other hand, is stifled as fear constricts the free flow of your energy and ideas. This, in turn adds even more fuel for your inner critic’s constant, unhelpful messages. Indeed, the more that perfectionism affects your energy the less you are able to accomplish, enabling this debilitating cycle to perpetuate itself pretty much endlessly.
In our recently-featured article on Solo-E titled “How to Unlock the Shackles of Perfectionism to Win Back Your Time” you can find a quick exercise to help you identify the ways that your self talk (and the illusory beliefs that it springs from) can hold you back.
Is perfectionism something that keeps you stuck and unable to access your fullest energy and richest creative powers? I invite you to begin the process of identifying and unlocking the messages that hold you back, and then freeing yourself from them, one-by-one. Make a start today.
© Copyright 2009 Paula Eder, Ph.D.