It’s great to strive to do your best, but when that feeling becomes a compulsion; when you lose sleep because some project didn’t turn out right, or when nothing you can do feels quite good enough, you have veered into the unhealthy territory of perfectionism.
My aim here is to help you determine the difference between a healthy pursuit of excellence and an unhealthy need for perfectionism so I’m providing a few steps you can take to make sure you stay on the sane, happy side of this metaphorical fence.
Here Are 5 Ways You Can Pursue Excellence Without Falling Into Perfectionism:
1) Have a passionate idea of where you want to go with a project, but keep it loose. When you fixate on doing something only one way, you limit your creative options and you miss opportunities to do it an easier or more playful way.
2) Give it your best AND embrace “mistakes” as possible gifts. Think of them as input from the Universe and work with them. It’s great to have a Plan A, but life may steer you in another direction, and that direction could be more rewarding. When I was making my healing album, “Chakra Love,” we made a few “mistakes” that we ended up loving and kept them in. If we didn’t keep an open mind, we may have rejected them off-hand and that would have been a shame.
3) Learn to say “Good enough.” Know when enough is enough. Be sure to apply this idea on a graduating scale. If something is a very short-lived project (something that will be put away or thrown away in a few days), put less time into it and find satisfaction more easily. If something is a longstanding project or one a lot of people will see, allow more time for it and raise your standard just a bit. For instance, if you’re washing your car, “good enough” should come pretty quickly, since you’re just going to drive it and get it dirty again right away.
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About the Author
Vicki Howie is the Creator of Chakra Boosters Healing Tattoos™ (find out what inspired her to create them here). She’s also the Creator of Chakra Love, the Chakra Life Cycle System® and she’s the Co-Editor of Conscious Life News.