Brian Braudis’ 1-Minute Morning Memo: August 25, 2014

PerfectionismPerfectionism

Perfectionism is defined as a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less.

A common fallacy is perfectionists do better but research shows the opposite. Perfectionists typically earn less money and complete fewer projects than others because they are so caught up in demanding perfection and rejecting everything else.

Perfectionists also are shown to have troubled lives. They are hard on themselves and expect others to reach for perfection. They are impatient, irritable, defensive and overly sensitive.

Free yourself from this suffering! Don’t allow perfection to stifle action. Think:

  • Who decides what’s perfect anyway?
  • Good enough is perfect if it’s yours!
  • Good enough is relevant and more like-able.

When people wistfully comment, “their life is perfect.” What they are really commenting on is the way that individual lives with, appreciates and shines within the imperfection of life.

“Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.”

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