This is life behind the bars of "perfectionism":
- You are never satisfied
- It's a thief - promising rewards but steals your joy and satisfaction
- You set impossible goals which sets you up for frustration
People who are perfectionists may be judgemental and hard to live with at times. They set impossible goals and are idealist - not realists. Perfectionist in a dreamworld that never comes to pass. They also tend to always want to be #1, the BEST, they get upset when others do better than they do. They cannot accept the Best, they have to be the Best.
Another feeling perfectionists will have to deal with is never being able to relax, because if they try to they will always feel guilty. Going on a trip with a perfectionist is not very much fun. There will be fewer potty stops, since the goal of course is the destination not the adventure along the way. The other thing perfectionists tend to do which is very dangerous, is punish themselves when they did not live up to their expectations. They failed and they won't forgive themselves for it.
So after learning about what a perfectionist may go through - let's look at ways to get out of this prison of perfectionism shall we.
The first and most important thing to do is to learn to accept our imperfections. Remember God accepts us not on the basis of performance and achievements. If we feel he only accepts us based on performance and or achievements, then how would we ever know when we've done enough. You need to see God as a good God not one who is demanding and you are always trying to earn his acceptance. God has accepted you by Grace as so stated in Ephesians 1-6. He isn't up in heaven keeping track of what we are doing, or as to how many times we read the Bible, or how many hours or minutes we spend in prayer.
Accept yourself, reprogram your mind to listen to what God says about you not the enemy. Women, don't listen to those ads on television about having a perfect body or you can't just be a housewife in life, but you have to have a career in order to be accepted or successful. Young men, it's not about sexual conquest or being a tough football player, or even a businessman. Having a bigger house and nicer car etc. You are all special in God's eyes. Learn to accept those around you who make mistakes and are not perfect and stop being so demanding. Do us a favor and please resign as the CEO of the Universe.
As soon as you accept yourself and others as imperfect people, and that you are are loved by a perfect Father in Heaven, you will be set free to live the life that God has for you. I did this many years ago and by God's grace I am happier now, I am not as disappointed in myself when I do something wrong and I don't punish myself or others either. I know I still mess up at times, but I have a Father in Heaven who still loves me and forgives me when I do. I hope this helps you if you are a perfectionist. I believe God wants us to do our best at all times, but well "perfect" that's his title. Blessings to you all.