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A perfectionist is someone who has a need to make sure that everything is perfect! So much so that they rather not try or do something, to protect themselves from doing sometime imperfectly. So, at what point does perfectionist become a handicap for you?

I feel that a little bit of perfectionist it fine, as long as it serves you. However, what about when perfectionism stops you from becoming the person you want to be, because you would choose to not finish something then to bare the thought of completing something that is imperfect?

The logical part of you know that it is possible for you to do something imperfect and the world wouldn’t come to an end, none the less, you can’t seems to be able to break free from  it.

When I was in college, I would sign up for classes and if I start to get the feeling that I wasn’t going to get an A or a B? I would withdraw from the class so that I can get a W (for withdraw) on my report card instead of a C or below. I wasted money and time for those classes, instead of finishing the classes and benefit from the lessons.

Whose judgment was I concern about? At that point of my life, I had left my judgmental parents back home in Hong Kong the opposite side of the world. It was my own judgmental self! As it turns out I had become that very thing that I got away from my parents for. I took over their job of disapprove on me.

It wasn’t until one day I made a decision to let go! I had to let go of my parents and to forgive the past, to give myself the permission to live my life full of experiences of my own win or lost.  

So, to all the perfectionists out there say this with me, “I am perfectly imperfect!”

Giovanna Garcia

Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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15 Comments

LifeMadeGreat | Juliet says: 11 January 2009 - 7:53 am

Hi Giovanna

Perfect vs imperfect is something that I have been pondering lately. I love you phrase “I am perfectly imperfect!” I think that says it all.

Thank you
Juliet

DaveMurr says: 11 January 2009 - 11:24 am

Guilty!
Actually, I didn’t know I was a perfectionist until my 1st art class in college. Not only was I acing the class, but I was always two assignments behind everyone… I took forever. At first I thought maybe it was because I was just slow or not as talented. Only after my art professor pointed out that my precision was my greatest strength and weakness - that I began to notice that maybe I was a perfectionist.

Learning to let it go… was a good lesson. Something I imagine I will always be working on.

Giovanna Garcia says: 11 January 2009 - 12:53 pm

Hi Juliet

You are welcome! Everyone can be perfectly imperfect! It is a great way to live :-)

Thanks for your comment.

Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 11 January 2009 - 12:59 pm

Hi Dave

It is interested that for a lot of us, our strength can also be our weakness…
When we let go we will be more free and have more space in our heart.

Thanks for your comment. I bet you are a great artist :-)

Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

jacques says: 11 January 2009 - 2:19 pm

Sometimes this can be a problem for me. Glad to now I am not the only one who struggles with this.

Giovanna Garcia says: 11 January 2009 - 2:54 pm

Hi Jacques

A lot of people have to struggle with perfectionism. It is a very common problem.
Thanks for stopping by.

Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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Douglas Eby says: 24 February 2009 - 5:37 pm

In her article A Fresh Look at Perfectionism, which Margaret Lobenstine kindly provided for my site, she writes, “Think about money. Everyone knows that there is nothing inherently good or bad about the specific dollar bills you may be holding in your hand: it all depends on what use you make of it. Perfectionism is similar. The issue isn’t whether or not being a perfectionist is good or bad: it’s what you decide to be perfectionist about!”

See link to article in post Being a perfectionist - is it a vice or asset?
http://talentdevelop.com/being-a-perfectionist-is-it-a-vice-or-asset/

Giovanna Garcia says: 24 February 2009 - 10:39 pm

Hi Douglas
Thanks for stopping by.
Giovanna Garcia
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ms. white rainbow says: 4 December 2009 - 7:40 pm

thanks a lot sist.. bless me lots :)

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Giovanna Garcia says: 28 December 2009 - 4:09 pm

Hi White rainbow,

Thank you for stopping by.
Many blessing to you as well.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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