To be a perfectionist—to live your life to perfection—sounds just about perfect, doesn’t it?
Don’t be fooled. This tip will have you realize why aiming for perfection is flawed and what you can do about it.
Perfection is a goal that you should not strive to achieve because it can prompt a crippling condition, anxiety, and overly critical self-evaluation.
Realize that while excellence can be reached, perfectionism cannot. Striving to be a perfectionist—for flawlessness—and setting excessively high standards is a burden no one should carry.
Being a Perfectionist Harms Youth
For many young people in particular, a focus on perfection has opened pathways to live with the idea that they have to be perfect for people to accept them. This … >>> READ MORE >>> →
Are you a perfectionist? Many people are. If you are one of them, it’s time to abandon your perfectionist nature now. While a goal of excellence, superior work, and outstanding work can all be achieved, perfectionism cannot. In fact, perfectionism, the striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high standards, is too often a burden that results in excessive stress.
Perfection is a goal that humans should not strive to achieve because it can prompt a crippling condition or an overly critical self-evaluation. Being a perfectionist prompts reluctance to admit mistakes and can be a major cause of creating stress.
Remember that failing is a natural outcome of trying, and it is a great teacher. That is, it can be if… >>> READ MORE >>> →
This is the third part in a series of interviews about “Where We Are Going” with Michael F. Shaughnessy of Eastern New Mexico University.
Your book “Discipline without Stress” has been out there for several years. Any idea as to how many schools use and refer to it?
Since the book was published in 2001, 50,000 copies have been sold so far. The next 10,000 copies will be off the press within the next few weeks. I’ve heard it said that the book is perhaps the best ever published on how to discipline and promote learning.
The comments on the homepage for the book give an indication of its popularity. Here is an example I received from a … >>> READ MORE >>> →