Perfectionism makes you good. Unfortunately, it’s never good enough.
As I was putting some finishing touches on a tile job in our bathroom remodeling project last night, my wife asked me, “Doesn’t this make you feel so good about yourself?” And although it looks really nice, I couldn’t help but focusing on all the tiny little things that could have been better. And because of that, it didn’t make me feel good. It just made me wish it was perfect.
I’ve discovered over the years that I’m a perfectionist. If I am going to do something, I want to be the best at it. I want it to be completely perfect. This tendency has made me pretty good at a few things, but unfortunately, even when I’m doing my best, it is never good enough to make me feel like it truly is ‘good enough’.
So with that, I’m inviting you (my perfectionist friends) to join me for a year of not criticizing ourselves when our best effort isn’t entirely perfect. Throw a little party for doing good things because perfection is an illusion. It’s an unattainable mirage that always lingers one more step beyond our outstretched fingertips. An when we finally take that step, we notice the next little flaw, and the cycle starts all over again.
So just walk away this year. Leave the project feeling good about yourself. …whatever your project may be.