Balance Your Need for Perfection
The quote, "There is no such thing as failure, only varying degrees of success”, still holds true. But being perfect is a seductive goal. To many of us, perfection is the ultimate guarantee that will somehow provide us with safety and a lifetime of happiness. Perfectionism sets the bar way too high and makes us look at life in "all or nothing terms." We succeed at 100 percent, but we fail at 98 percent. And, in competition, if we finish in second place, we don’t win silver, we lose the gold. Hence, our perfectionism about appearance, career or getting straight A's in school can set up a false standard of living that can exacerbate existing levels of stress.