I recently took a perfectionism quiz. The results said I’m a ‘high achiever’ and that, while I strive toward perfection, I have a healthy understanding of what is and isn’t possible, and that I’m able to enjoy the journey without getting overly hung up on the results. I really like that assessment except for the part where it said I strive toward perfection. You see, I’m a reformed perfectionist. I’m a fledgling excellentist. Since that word hasn’t made it into the dictionary yet, I’m obviously charting relatively new territory. But I’m thinking excellentism could be the wave of the future.
I’m really not sure how perfectionism became such a desirable pursuit in the first place. Perfectionism is universally described in a negative connotation, not to mention that it’s inherently unattainable. There can be no conceivable outcome from its pursuit than misery. I know this firsthand because the pursuit of perfectionism did, in fact, make me miserable.
My decision to be come an excellentist is a relatively recent one but it’s already changed me for the better. I’m doing more things in moderation, I’m more realistic about what I can and cannot do, I’m happier, and I’m finally starting to like me for me.
So far, the pursuit of excellence has been a freeing experience. My perspective is sharper, my priorities are more defined, and my outlook is far more positive. I think I’m more of a Joy to be around. So, I don’t know about you but I’m giving perfectionism the boot, and choosing the more excellent way.