The Zen master Shunryu Suzuki said, “Everything is perfect and there is always room for improvement.” Healthy perfectionism can help us to achieve great things but unhealthy perfectionism can become a painful obstacle to attaining the very things that we want. Psychologist Dr. Jeff Szymanski author of the Perfectionist’s Handbook says, “On the healthy end of the continuum, perfectionism compels people to concentrate on the positive, strive for success, notice what’s going right, and feel motivated by receiving positive feedback from others. On the unhealthy end, the focus is directed more toward the negative: trying to avoid failure, obsessing over what’s going wrong, and directing one’s efforts and energy toward trying to dodge others’ criticism and negative feedback.”
Dr. Arnie Kozak writes the blog “Mindfulness Matters” for Beliefnet. He is the author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness and the forthcoming Mindfulness A-Z: 108 Insights for Awakening Now. Join Arnie for a 5-day workshop: “Mindfulness A-Z: Liberating Regret, Stuckness and Perfectionism” at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox Massachusetts, August 4-9 2013. Click here for more information.
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