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Perfection is the Enemy

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Perfection is the Enemy
Perfection is the Enemy

Perfection is the enemy of progress

Winston Churchill

per·fec·tion·ism
/pərˈfekSHəˌnizəm/

  1. refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.

     

    • PHILOSOPHY
      a doctrine holding that religious, moral, social, or political perfection is attainable, especially the theory that human moral or spiritual perfection should be or has been attained

Perfection is the Enemy

Are you a perfectionist? I love the quote above. “Perfection is the enemy of progress.” Have you ever thought that just maybe if everything was perfect, what else would there be to do?

I am guilty of this myself. I found myself rearranging the ornaments on the Christmas tree last night because I wanted it to be “perfect.” The tree was already beautiful and I just frustrated myself more. In the end I put the ornaments back where they were and realized I just wasted 1 hour of my life. 

What triggers perfectionism?

  • Fear of Failure
  • Inferiority
  • Lack of Self Confidence

As you can see, perfectionism stems from many things. Fear of failure, inferiority, and lack of self confidence are just a few. The fear of failure is probably the most common catalyst. 

Back to the tree last night, I moved ornaments around and moved them all back. I looked at the tree from the front door. I looked at the tree from the couch. I literally looked at the tree from all angles. My concern was that if someone was visiting, I wanted them to find the tree beautiful no matter where they were in proximity of the tree. 

This is a fear of failure. All I could imagine was someone looking at my tree and thinking, wow there is a blank spot there. 

Perfectionism can steal your happiness

When you are a perfectionist is starts to define you. It takes over your life. You spend so much time making sure everything is perfect, you don’t have time to enjoy.

Perfectionism is a form of anger

Perfectionism fuels anger. When we are struggling to make something perfect it increases anxiety. When we do not succeed and in most cases we don’t than that anxiety turns to frustration. Frustration causes us to lash out at the person closest to us and creates anger. The reason people rarely succeed at making something perfect is because no matter what, in their eyes it will never be perfect. That my friend is part of the lack of self confidence. 

Take this online quiz to see if you are a perfectionist. It is only 10 questions and will take you a few seconds. You may be surprised about the results. 

How to let go of being a perfectionist?

  • Become aware of your tendencies
  • Focus on the positive
  • Learn to handle criticism
  • Avoid negative self talk

A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Proverbs 14:30

God is the only perfect one here. Let go of trying to make everything perfect and instead enjoy the journey. Just as Churchill said, perfection is the enemy of progress. Here is a link to one of my previous posts about happiness.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and that somehow I inspired you or helped you. I struggle myself with trying to make everything perfect. If you could please subscribe below, like, comment and share. I would truly appreciate it! XOXO

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perfect is not perfect
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2 thoughts on “Perfection is the Enemy

  1. Thank you for this truly informative post! I totally agree with the point of being more self-aware of our tendencies and coming to terms of the instead of only following them. As I recently started a blog called searchingforconfidence.wordoress.com I would love to invite you to have a read! All the best

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