I describe myself as a Recovering Perfectionist with a Type A personality and OCD tendancies.
I struggle with finding ‘good enough’. When will I be good enough? Is it possible to be good enough. What if someone doesn’t think I am good enough? These questions haunt me, and as I have spoken with other women, I realize I am not alone.
I often paralyze and don’t do anything if I feel I will not be able to perform to perfection. This is neither healthy nor productive.
I was reminded today of the phrase “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Despite the basketball picture I created, this led to a discussion on baseball. The batting average of most professional players is between .250 and .275. Someone with a batting average over .300 is considered a very good batter and can be paid millions of dollars.
That player worth millions of dollars may hit the ball once every three times; that’s a success rate of one third.
So why do I feel unworthy when I do not perform at 100% excellence all the time?
Looking with a new perspective, it is time to take a step back and re-evaluate my need for personal perfectionism.
I will continue to always give my best, but I must learn to take a step back to reconsider giving perfection.
It is hard to accept there is a difference between doing my best and being perfect. It is a LIE I have been telling myself. I need to start practicing my own preaching about LIES.
Perfection is not the definition of ‘Good Enough’. Giving my best, is. And yes, TerryAnn, there IS a difference.
How do you fight the need to be perfect?