The Problem With Perfection

The Problem With Perfection

We are at the point where most people have been reflecting on their year and thinking about their plans for the year ahead. I started my reflection some ago and wanted to share a brief note.

Dictionary.com defines perfection as:

“—noun

1. the state or quality of being or becoming perfect.

2. the highest degree of proficiency, skill, or excellence, as in some art…”

So what’s bad with being perfect?

To answer, here is a short story.

Once upon a time, there was a girl who had many plans and ideas in her head. In her quest to execute everything perfectly, she didn’t actually accomplish anything.

The End.

It’s a sad story right? Well, when I consider my blog, that girl is me. Perfection takes time and my time has been even more stretched since becoming a mum of two. So the result for me, has been procrastination.

In the barbershop earlier this year, I met a busy mum who was talking about how she self-published her book. She was fearless and fabulous and one of the things she said was about perfectionism leading to procrastination. It resonated with me and I hoped it would spur me into action to write more. However, my overwhelming need to proofread my drafts has often prevented me from even starting a draft. So, although what she said didn’t spark immediate action, it did stay with me and I reminded myself of it frequently.

Going into the new year, I have decided to:

  • be intentional (in my actions and with my decision making);
  • allow myself the room to make mistakes (not only are they opportunities for growth but I’m human); and
  • live a life led by faith and not fear.

I recognise that all these will require action on my part. In relation to my blog, there are specific tools I will use to assist me with that focus.

I think my point for sharing this is encourage anyone who may need a reminder that change does not happen without some sort of action on a focal point.

I’m looking forward to sharing more of my working mum chronicles in 2020. :-)

Happy New Year and God bless.

Yinka

xXx

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