Something I’ve noticed since a long time now is the mindset associated with the word “perfectionist”. Now, I might be wrong but I feel as though the slightest thought for desiring perfection falls under the list of “negative emotions” which people far often end up criticizing. Not only that, but this typical criticism is perhaps the greatest reason why we blindly shun anything that has got to do with achieving perfection.
Yes I know what you’re thinking: Nobody is, can or ever be perfect and I absolutely agree with that age old, wise saying. Yet in cementing our brains into believing so, we’re unconsciously cutting the path to progress because we ignore one wonderful route of betterment which I think IS the feeling of “wanting to achieve perfection”. Let’s face it, there are numerous occasions in life where we wish to reach a goal and more often than sometimes we adhere to merely wishing.
The drive for accomplishment just never arrives while a perfectionist is never short of one; this is the differentiating factor.
In reality, perfection isn’t as simple as it seems. It has such an immense magnitude of underlying, fierce emotions, emotions that vary person to person. Usually we strive for perfection because of bitterness towards something, or in a manner to prove our superiority in the face of competition and this exact reason is why “perfection” has come to be considered somewhat negatively. Alas if we could channel this fierceness in a more self benefiting way, under the light of positivity, perhaps then we could learn to use it to our advantage.
I think I’ve always been somewhat of a perfectionist and the one thing I can tell you for certain is: it ain’t easy. You have to first absorb this “drive”, wrestle with the ferocity, be ready to have it knocking in your brain for however long, and then only can it be converted into betterment for any work it is you wish to be done perfectly. Many times just the desire to have something absolutely perfect is what allowed me to “break the box of norm” and think beyond the obvious.
The only logical conclusion I end up at, is: Perfection mastered perfectly can definitely be maddening but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful.