“Perfectionism (noun): ‘A disposition to regard anything short of perfection as unacceptable’
Having perfectionistic tendencies myself, I know how destructive and frustrating this mindset can be. In this book, I want to make a case that not only compels you but also shows you how to embrace imperfection in your life. Imperfection isn’t bad, it’s freedom. (To be clear, ‘perfection’ isn’t bad either—by definition, it’s flawless—but perfectionism is problematic.)
Perfectionism makes you stay home, not take chances, and procrastinate on projects; it makes you think your life is worse than it is; it keeps you from being yourself; it stresses you out; it tells you that good is bad; and it ignores the natural way in which things work.”
~ Stephen Guise from How to Be an Imperfectionist
I loved Stephen Guise’s great little book Mini Habits (see Notes) so when I saw he had a new book I jumped right on it.
Plus, how awesome is that title: “How to Be an Imperfectionist”?!
I used to be a RIDICULOUS perfectionist.
I was so bad that I can still vividly remember stressing myself out trying to make sure I got a staple perfectly parallel to the top of the page for a client when I first started my career at Arthur Anderson nearly 20 years ago. (Laughing at myself. :)
I’ve come a long way since then and Stephen captures a lot of the little things I’ve picked up that have helped me a great deal. And, as with Mini Habits, he also presents some novel, creative frames to help us optimize.
Dealing with perfectionism is one of the things I get asked about most often. So, if you’re someone who’s struggled with it, a) know you’re in the vast majority of humans on the planet and b) you might really enjoy the book! (Get a copy here.)
Of course, the book is packed with Big Ideas. I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!
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