Push Past the “P’s”–Perfectionism and Procrastination!

Posted on February 15, 2011. Filed under: Encouragement/Empowerment, Life |

Procrastination and Perfectionism are little bumps in the road that many struggle with along the path to success. Learning to master them gives you power over that which is hindering you.

Perfectionism- Remember, your goal is NOT “PERFECTION”; your goal is to begin MOVING in the right direction. Adjustments can be made along the way if necessary.  Being a perfectionist is self-defeating.  It causes you to begin with a pressured mindset which makes every small issue a huge blow to your self-esteem and momentum.  You have to be able to go with the flow, literally, and enjoy the “process” of change that you are a part of.  Allow for the imperfection in your process.  Don’t be afraid to make a mistake.  Your mistakes, if you do not give up, will lead to better results.

In setting goals and reaching for achievement of goals, you want to respect your intended target but you don’t want to discourage yourself to the point of giving up.  Making a commitment and working towards a goal or goals in your life can be enjoyable, invigorating and most definitely, rewarding.  It is vital that you not be too hard on yourself.  If you begin moving in the direction of your goal and find that you did not reach your own expectations by the deadline, consider that a place for an “adjustment.”  Being too critical of yourself is only detrimental and can discourage you altogether. Evaluate it from the perspective of what you “have” done, rather than what you have “not” done.  If you have even made one step further than you were last year, then you have still made progress.

Procrastination– All this perfectionism and “self criticism” can ultimately lead to procrastination.  Sometimes we plan and prepare so much that we do nothing.  It is like a hamster spinning on the wheel.  Too much preparation without action results in procrastination.  The desire to make things perfect can lead to striving in our preparation but accomplishing nothing.  The striving will result in discouragement which will usually cause you to divert your attention to something else because you are exhausted with your own attempts.  Your excitement and definitely your momentum can be lost in procrastination.  It will be very difficult to stir yourself up again to start, but you must get back up!

 Make every effort to follow through on a plan.  There is an unspoken universal law that will move as you move causing things to be set in motion both inside and out.

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