Ah, the battle of perfectionism: setting unrealistic goals and standards for ourselves and feeling like a failure when we don’t achieve them. My whole life I was brought up to try my best, work hard, learn from my mistakes, and move forward. But it turns out that my hardest critic of all time is ME, and I don’t let ME getaway with that.
Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with setting high standards for yourself and working hard. We all should have a sense of self worth and achievement and feel that greatness that comes with earning something. But feeling like a failure because of goals we set for ourselves that just aren’t realistic is a dangerous road to travel. You must remember that as a human being, you are not flawless.
Now my battle with perfectionism lies in a very specific field: my creative world. Once upon a time I dreamed of becoming a photographer. But no matter how hard I worked or how beautiful my images may have seemed to other people, they were never good enough for me. I invested in nice equipment, got the best editing tools, practiced in my free time, but it wasn’t enough. I couldn’t handle the pressure.