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In Praise of Perfectionist Tendencies

Has anyone ever accused you of being a perfectionist? Would you consider yourself a perfectionist? I often wonder why people view perfectionist traits as a negative thing.

I would always prefer having a perfectionist as my surgeon or as my airline pilot. I would also like my editor to be a perfectionist. As well, the architect who designed my house and the carpenter who built it for that matter.

I would like to think that a perfectionist has coded my software and I like meals prepared by a perfectionist chef. In fact, I’m having a difficult time thinking of any products or services that I would not want a perfectionist to have designed and built.

What I’m wondering is why being known as a perfectionist gets such a bad rap? I believe it has more to do with people that use perfectionism as an excuse for why they never finished their book or launched their business idea. Those people that say, “I can’t bear to release this to the public until it’s absolutely perfect. I don’t want to risk it.”

What risk is there if you haven’t put your work out there or launched your product or company? It can’t be your reputation (a common excuse) as you need a body of work to compare it to.

I think there are many people who have perfectionist tendencies and instead of using their constructive energy to solve problems (either through creating a unique product, valuable service or a piece of art) they end up turning their perfect attention on other people, starting with their friends and family of course.

Unfortunately, unsolicited critical advice is not the best way to keep friends close and family happy. Especially, from one who’s not positively contributing any finished and completed work that says…

“Hey, look what I made. It may not be Picasso but I’ve put my heart, mind, effort and soul into it, and I’m proud of what I’ve created.

I’m honored to have a close friend who could probably be known and proudly referred to as a perfectionist. Kim Louise Easterbook is a tireless and conscientious creator. She is an accredited Conscious lifestyle Consultant who helps people transform their home office or workspace by using her intuition, feng shui training and years of experience in the design field.

As a self-described perfectionist, it took her a bit longer than what could be considered normal to place her “ready to ship” stamp on her finished product. But guess what? She still did it! She shipped and put her transformational book out there for all of us to experience, learn and enjoy.

Kim Louise walks us through a 10 step blueprint that will revamp every aspect of our home offices. In the pages of “Is your home office positioned for Stress or Success,” you will learn energy flow techniques, proper furniture placements and colour schemes that will release and realign the energy around your workspace.

Kim kindly applied her expertise to our home and family workspaces and we found an immediate uplift in creativity, feel-good energy and a new found love for our home.

I do believe we all possess some perfectionist leanings especially for those things we care most deeply about. For that same reason, it’s easy for us parents to miss the consistent beauty our children are bringing into the world and rather we focus obsessively on the fact that our child is talking with their mouth full at the dinner table.

I firmly believe that most people aspire to make the world a perfect place. We sincerely want to create a perfect planet just as we can visualize in our mind’s eye.  We must improve on our ability to use this vision to strive harder in the physical world so we can get as close to our vision as humanly possible and of course, finish our project, complete our manuscript, publish our novel, build our prototype, get our video edited and… Go live!!

Dominic Kotarski is the author of international best-seller “The Making”. He writes, speaks, inspires, motivates and teaches on the most important aspects of your business including Sales, Coaching, Team-Building, People Management and Business Development. Get weekly access to his blog & training videos FREE by subscribing HERE! and when you sign up you will get Instant Access to his Sales Skills Training Video.

Dominic Kotarski

Dominic Kotarski is an author, coach, sales trainer and Founder of Sales Success Academy. He's personally inspired, coached, trained and managed thousands of salespeople and business owners in 11 different countries. You can find him in Vancouver, Canada where he lives, works, runs, ski's and spends most of his free time with his family.

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