Moving Past Perfectionism

Are you a perfectionist? A couple of years ago, if you had asked me that question, I would have laughed and told you I was definitely NOT a perfectionist! I don’t do anything perfectly! But guess what, I was a perfectionist simply because I expected perfection and always fell short of my expectations. Perfectionism is less about doing things perfectly and more about having extremely high expectations for yourself.

Perfectionism is a dream killer. It sets us up to fail because we set our expectations so high that we can never reach them. Instead, we get anxious and overwhelmed and put off the goal until we feel more prepared to achieve it. Of course, as you probably already know, we will never feel prepared. We will always feel not quite good enough or not quite ready enough, and whatever our dream is, it will languish in dream-land and never move into reality.