”Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.” 
Harriet Braiker

Are you a perfectionist? Do you spend a lot of time ‘perfecting your work, so everything comes out the way you want it to?

Many of us are perfectionists in our own right. I know I am at times. We set high bars for ourselves and put our best foot forward. We dedicate much of time and attention to our work to maintain our high personal standards. Our passion for excellence drives us to run the extra mile, never stopping, never relenting.  And this dedication towards perfection undoubtedly helps us to achieve results…  So long as we do not get carried away.

True perfectionists have a hard time starting things and an even harder time finishing them… always. Focus on what is really needed. Is the real purpose to be perfect or produce a perfect result, or is it to get something done? What really matters? Perfectionism can often lead to late or unfinished work, because the uncertainty that comes with it leads to procrastination.

Strive for the results that are best for you. Do not let your productivity be dictated by fear of others’ judgment. Accept a broader form of excellence, rather than narrowly defined perfection. Study to learn; rather than to get a perfect score. Eat and exercise for health and fitness; not for simple weight targets.

There can be a million things you can do to improve it, but you have to draw the line somewhere. The desire to excel is usually a good thing, but when it spills over into perfectionism it can also cause a lot of trouble, burn you out, and waste a lot of time. The key is finding the balance.

Today strive for achieve excellence and balance.

”Sometimes… when you hold out for everything, you walk away with nothing. ”
 Ally McBeal


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