The Perfection Prison
Last month I wrote about Overcoming Indecision. If you’ve read it, you’ve learned how to watch out for the traps and some keys to making good decisions. As I asked others what gets in the way of them actually making decisions, one of the overwhelming responses is fear. As I probed a little deeper, I found out that the fear is often caused by perfection.
Many people overvalue the idea of perfection which causes them to devalue reality. The idea ends up having more value in their minds than actually creating and engaging in life. Instead of improving life, perfection creates a prison.
The Perfection Prison
So what does this perfection prison look like? Well, it only exists in your mind and it can be a major obstacle to your joy and happiness. The retaining bars of your prison are NOT real – they only appear real in your imagination. The bars of your prison may be created by:
All of this leads to fear (Fully Engaged in Avoiding Reality).
What is Perfection?
Let’s take a closer look at perfection from a number of perspectives…
Axiologically, perfection falls into the systemic category or the lowest axiological class of value. It is an idea, a concept that only exists in the mind or imagination of a human being. What is “perfect” to one person may not be “perfect” to another.
The definition of perfection is imperfect. In most of the definitions on dictionary.com, the world ‘perfect’ is used to define perfection. When you look up perfect, you find:
So, when will a human being ever be “ideal” or “without flaws” or “beyond improvement”? NEVER!
Logically, perfection is imperfect. As my mentor, Harvey Schoof says “Perfection is the unrelenting, unyielding pursuit of the unachievable.” Perfection isn’t real. It’s purely imaginary.
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