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Letting Go of Perfectionism

Letting Go of Perfectionism

When I was growing up, I was often told I was a “perfectionist”.  Back then, I took it as a compliment and was even proud of being considered a perfectionist.  However, as I became a young adult and entered college and then the workplace, it became apparent that perfectionism is not necessarily an advantage.  In fact, perfectionistic behavior can often be a crippling disadvantage.   


Perfectionism can cause you to become paralyzed, fearful of making any mistakes or of failure.  It drives you to over-prepare and overdo every minute detail.  You feel you must produce a perfect outcome or no outcome at all.  It may seem contradictory, but in many instances, perfectionism will eventually lead to disorganization.      


While it is important to strive to do your very best, sometimes the job at hand calls for just “getting it done”.  It’s important to know when to overcome your inner perfectionist, move forward, do the best job you can and not worry about mastering every task.     

Is perfectionism keeping you from accomplishing an important project?   Consider the message of this inspiring quote another professional organizer shared with me:   

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. 
  Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.”       
 ~ Michael J. Fox   

Are you still thinking about that project you never finished or maybe never even started?  Take a deep breath and decide today to stop thinking and start doing.  Don’t worry about the outcome; just begin with one small step – and then the next small step.  Before you know it, you’ll have the finish line in sight and you’ll have left your paralyzing perfectionism in the dust!




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