Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough – that we should try again. Julia Cameron
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For as far back as I can recall I was always a perfectionist. Some of it was to prove to my father I could do something correctly.
In one area of my life being a perfectionist helped me attain my goal, to learn the piano. My mother told me that during those years that she knew when I was frustrated, apparently I would scratch the top of my head.
I can see that it would work against me, for when I failed at something I would put myself down, calling into question my ability to do anything right. I now can see that I would show it to others through my attitude. Despair was always just waiting for me to stumble and fail.
I now understand it is important how we tell our children to reach their goals. Never give them the feeling that if they don’t get it right that you do not respect them any longer.
For as long as I am breathing, becoming perfect is an unobtainable goal. I am learning to roll with the punches!