Post by Susan Peabody on Jan 24, 2009 12:51:05 GMT -8
We do not know if perfectionists are born or made. I know I have always been driven by some inner compulsion to do things over and over again until I get them “just right.” Something deep within me gets great satisfaction from this. On the other hand, I remember my mother saying, “If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.” Perhaps trying to please her is also a part of my perfectionism. Whether perfectionism is good or bad, I do know it can be a stumbling block to change if we can’t move forward because we are afraid of making mistakes. If you struggle with perfectionism try to treat yourself as you would an eager child who presents you with his first drawing. Would you point out the flaws or wonder at its beauty.