Perfection vs. Progress – An Everyday Battle of Wits
From really high levels to the lowest level of importance, this battle of Perfection or Progress goes on everyday. What is there to understand about this human condition? There are two camps of thought. First, there is the Perfection group which looks at the world through lenses that suggest everything has to be perfect. Second, there is the Progress group which looks at world through lenses that suggest that everything is not perfect, yet, progress is being made towards that goal.
Okay, let’s look a little deeper into the two camps. First, the perfection camp where people believe that everything has to be perfect and non-perfection is totally unacceptable. Therefore, when things are not perfect (using their definition of how things should be) they need someone to blame for the imperfection. They look for fault or someone to “take the blame” for their expectations not being met. They do not care if the other person or group’s self esteem is damaged by their attacks because it is their fault for the imperfection!
The Progress group or individual looks at the world as a “under construction” project. They believe that moving forward – no matter how fast or slow – is still moving forward and should therefore be celebrated. They focus upon what has been accomplished or achieved relative to where they were in the past. Improvement is the goal rather than perfection. They believe that “done is better than perfect” and feel good about incremental improvement as well as radical advances.
This really is a pure people issue and each individual’s growth depends upon which camp they choose to be in everyday. A healthier point of view is to join the progress team. This allows for individuals to achieve at higher levels, to grow personally, and accept responsibility and accountability for their results. This provides the catalyst for higher self-esteem and confidence. The perfectionist is always looking for someone to blame for a lack of results ( again defined as their expectations rather than true facts). This usually leads to lower self-esteem and a lack of self confidence.
These issues can be coached and corrected. Join the progress team. Call us at 901.757.4434 and ask about our Personal Kaizen process.
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