I am a recovering perfectionist. I believe there are different levels of perfectionism. I think I fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. I don’t participate in catastrophic thinking; the world won’t end if I don’t complete every single thing to perfection, but I have been known to criticize myself if things don’t live up to my expectations...I’m working on this. I don’t know if I’d go as far as saying that I refuse to accept any standard short of perfection, but my standards are pretty high. My standards have always been pretty high, yet I no longer expect perfection, but I do expect excellence.
We develop our standards during our childhood; our parents, teachers, coaches, and spiritual advisors teach us their expectations and we learn from our experiences by trying to live up to them or not. The lessons I’ve learned throughout the years have allowed me to reconstruct my standards and behaviors,...
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