“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”
― Michael J. Fox
Being in a wedding planning business there is an immense pressure to constantly deliver ‘perfection’. Wedding planners’ websites are full of promisies to deliver a ‘perfect wedding day’. “I am a perfectionist” is a catch phrase so many planners use to entice potential clients. Perfection is by large an unattainable notion since everybody has difference definitions what is perfect. On the other hand, excellence is quantifiable, achievable and puts you in control. Here are five reasons why you should ditch the need for perfection and start focusing on delivering excellent product to your clients.
1. Depressed Feelings
Having unrealistic expectations (they’ll inevitably be shattered) can lead to feelings of depression. Though perfectionism in and of itself doesn’t cause depression, it may be a contributing factor.
2. Anxiety and Nervousness
The anxiety-relief-anxiety cycle appears when you feel the only way to relieve anxiety is by working harder, doing more, being unrelenting. Go, go, go. This can happen in the gym, classroom, or office, but if you feel perfection is in your grasp, if only you do more, then anxiety can become a constant, and painful, companion.
3. Compulsions, Feeling Driven
If you can’t tolerate imperfection, if it causes so much dissonance that you become acutely uncomfortable, you might engage in compulsive behaviors to cope with them. They could be common, such as excessive hand washing (if you are anxious about perfect cleanliness and purity) or less common, such as repeated plastic surgeries (if you are anxious about less than perfect appearance). These are time consuming and take you away from excellent service delivery.
4. Poor Relationships
If you demand perfection and can’t tolerate flaws in others, obviously your relationships will suffer. But often we are unaware of our motivations behind the way we treat others. If you feel your children, spouse, friends, or colleagues are constantly “letting you down”, if you feel irritated or angry with them much of the time, if you feel you have to “watch” or control them, you may end up with no companions at all.
5. Life Loses It’s Luster
Since no one can live up to perfection, if you demand it, you’re constantly in a state of disappointment. The feelings of depression, anxiety, compulsive behavior, and poor relationships, lead to a feeling that life isn’t joyful or meaningful.
(Source: Psych Central)