One question I am asked when meeting someone new is “So, what do you do?”. More often than not, when I tell them I am an Organization Consultant, they ask a handful of questions such as: “Oh, you’re one of those people with all your spices alphabetized?” (This one happens to be true.) Or “I would love to see your house. I bet it’s perfect!” *insert awkward silence here*
The truth is that no one is perfect in the ways we want to think. I mean really, how interesting would life be if it was always “perfect”. It reminds me of a commercial I saw about how nice it would be if we lived in a town called “Perfect”. Honestly, would we really want to live there? Perfection can be inflexible, rigid and denote an elevated expectation of the unattainable.
Is your perfectionism holding you back from moving forward?
Many of us would consider ourselves perfectionists. This can cause a lot of grief internally as we put off doing things simply because we can’t do them perfectly. Looking around at unfinished projects weighs weighs on your mind. Making even small imperfect progress in anything we do is a vital step to change. It starts us moving in the right direction, and momentum (and revived motivation) is soon to follow!
To paraphrase author Dr. Wayne Dyer: “I am making progress if I am better today than I was yesterday.”
Life (and organizing for that matter) are not perfect, but taking the first step is a way to make things better.