Do you hold yourself to high standards for everything? If so, you’re not alone. Most gifted people strive for perfection.
What if inflexible standards are slowing you down and holding you back?
There’s evidence that constant perfectionism can get in the way of a happy and productive life. It’s connected to procrastination, low productivity, and depression.
More often than not, continual high standards aren’t needed for us to succeed in life. Think about people like Einstein, Oprah, Walt Disney and Bill Gates. These famously accomplished people have reported that they owe their achievements to their unstoppable nature and willingness to make mistakes.
The trick is to recognize when high standards are necessary and when they actually get in the way of innovation, efficiency and fulfillment. Getting to the place of good enough on most tasks and projects allows us to get more done without compromising quality. This open minded approach allows for creativity, innovation and fun.
Freedom from perfection starts with flexibility, compassion and faith in self. Remember that you are good enough as you are. You are intrinsically valuable.
The next time you notice that you’re driving yourself hard, procrastinating on projects or tasks, or feeling self critical about your accomplishments, ask yourself:
“Am I holding myself to standards that aren’t needed in these circumstances?”
“What would good enough look and feel like?”
Breathe. Open up your heart and mind. Think flexibly about your project or task and let your standards relax. Work the “good enough approach” for your day to day tasks and reserve your high standards for rare and special circumstances.
You’ll not only get more done, you’ll also feel motivated to do more!
To your success and happiness
Corinne McElroy CPCC, ORSC