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Pursuing Excellence, Not Perfection

by Barbara Markway, PhD
 

Perfectionists strive for impossible goals;

Pursuers of excellence enjoy meeting high standards that are within reach.

 

Perfectionists value themselves by what they do;

Pursuers of excellence value themselves by who they are.

 

Perfectionists, when they run into difficulty, get easily overwhelmed and give up;

Pursuers of excellence experience temporary disappointment, but they keep going.

 

Perfectionists can be devastated by failure;

Pursuers of excellence learn from it.

 

Perfectionists remember mistakes and dwell on them;

Pursuers of excellence correct mistakes and learn from them.

 

Perfectionists want to be number one;

Pursuers of excellence can live with not being the best, especially when they know they’ve tried their hardest.

 

Perfectionists hate criticism;

Pursuers of excellence see criticism as a way to learn.

 

Perfectionists have to win to keep high self esteem;

Pursuers of excellence can finish second and still feel good about themselves.

 
    
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