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As I start off the new year with new work I am reminded to strive to be my personal best. For my entire life I have been labeled a “perfectionist” by family, friends, bosses and coworkers. I used to think this was a bad thing. A judgement call against me. But today, psychology has established that there are two types of perfectionism. Normal perfectionists pursue perfection without compromising their self-esteem, and derive pleasure from their efforts. Neurotic perfectionists strive for unrealistic goals and consistently feel dissatisfied when they cannot reach them. I was happy to learn years ago that I was in fact “normal”. 🙂 I always have goals in mind that I know I can accomplish and I write up a plan to achieve them. I work hard to get through the outline I created and when I arrive I have a deep satisfaction in my efforts. Like anyone else, I do not like setbacks, but I do not let them “get me down”. I just rewrite the plan to get me back on track.
All of the goals I have set for myself in 2014 are attainable. Today I start the work!
I hope each of you reading my blog can strive for “your own personal best” this year and not some unrealistic standards set by society/your family/your mate/etc. Set goals…..write out a plan….and get busy!
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So well said Sharon!
People have called me that too – among other things – but like you, I think it’s just trying to be my best in all circumstances. Your posts, like your art, inspires me to keep trying. So happy and perfect 2014 to you, Sharon!! Indeed a worthwhile and attainable goal!
Thanks Lianne….I’ve also come to redefine “perfect”….which no longer means that nothing ever goes wrong and that it turns out exactly as I envisioned…no “perfect” means that I feel “perfect” doing it….creating it……working it and achieving it! BEST to you in 2014!
Kerry C. Mitchell said:
Oh, I really like this post. Sometimes people are critical of me in the same way. But like you, I just want to do my personal best. It gives me a great feeling of satisfaction.
Glad you liked it Kerry!
Great post Sharon ~ you should write motivational books!
Maybe….I know where to get the illustrations. 😉
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Nice post, Sharon! An inspiring start to the New Year! 🙂
Thanks Lincoln! Glad to have ya back!