Have you ever put off something in your life that you really wanted to do simply because you were waiting for the “right” or “perfect” time to do it?
That’s exactly what happened to me. I decided to go easy on myself and not stick to a weekly blogging schedule but, it turns out, I took it too far. I left waaay too much space for Resistance to creep in and support my procrastination with all kinds of silly “reasons” why the timing wasn’t right to jump back in just yet. And the longer I put it off, the more reasons (*cough* excuses *cough cough*) I thought of to continue putting it off. Resistance is a self-feeding monster. Continue reading Stop Waiting For The Perfect Time→
Hi, my name is Jilienne, and I’m a perfectionist. A recovering perfectionist! Realizing you have a problem is the first step, right? I’ve identified this personal issue before (see my very first blog post) but I’m still working on it. Apparently this isn’t something you can just “get over.” I’ve been diving into the psychology of the subject, trying to get to the root of the issue and hopefully eliminate it. I’m still in the middle of that process but I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this so I’ve decided to confess some of the things I’ve realized about the Perfectionist aspect of myself in the hopes that it will inspire some “ah ha!” moments of clarity or compassion… Continue reading Confessions of a Perfectionist→
Last Wednesday I woke up feeling awful. Not sick. (I had just gotten over the cold that I described in my last post.) More like exhausted, overwhelmed, depressed and mad at myself. Continue reading Stop Beating Yourself Up→
Is anything ever “perfect”? Consider some of the greatest artists of all time: painters, sculptors, authors, musicians… how many of them, do you think, felt they could have continued working on their masterpiece? One more brush stroke or chisel strike… one more chapter or a different choice of synonym… one more harmony or verse? “Perfection” is a trap that keeps many of us from expressing ourselves for fear of criticisms of our imperfections. At least, that’s been my experience. But even if we could achieve actual perfection (and I’m not really convinced we can) there will always be critics, perhaps saying the work is “too perfect!” Continue reading Overcoming Perfection Paralysis→