:: Saturday, January 01, 2005 ::
Blogger Idol Week 4: Resolutions
My post for this week... On Resolutions
For perfectionists, resolutions are particularly difficult. Known for "aiming high," perfectionists often set unattainable goals when resolving to act upon areas of personal improvement. Resolving to "Quit this," or "start that,"perfectionists regularly negate any progression in work by attempting a prematurely targeted finished product.
Invariably, this kind of behavior leads perfectionists down into self-deprecation, feelings of unworthiness, and, at times, malaise and depression.
On the other hand, some perfectionists never set any goals or make any resolutions: a promise never made does not have to be kept; there is no failure when nothing is attempted. Such attitudes shield perfectionists from themselves; with no failure there can be no self-directed wrath.
All that being said, this year, this perfectionist resolves to deal with perfectionism. The first few months will be focused on creating a plan that works: one of spiritual discipline that engages certain aspects of life and abstains from others, hoping to create healthy patterns of living life. The next few months will be lived under the disciplines. Finally, near the end of the time set by the disciplines, the workability of the plan and its execution will be (I hope) graciously examined. Progress will be celebrated!
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