I’m going to continue addressing the motivational style that includes “never enough” (a characteristic of perfectionism). I also want to begin to introduce options.

Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the hill
This post is a great example of why you want to do Sloppy first drafts. I’m still formulating how to articulate the following concepts. By getting something down, I can look at what I have and then begin to tweak and pretty it up. Here we go…

There is nothing wrong with the desire to want to improve your public speaking skills, tweak an article you’re working on, or even improve your overall work performance and satisfaction. Seeing what you can do to improve on what you have is interesting, engaging & motivating. Many high achieving people use what I call The Personal Best Improvement Principle as one of their primary motivational tools [add an example here]. If you’re an improvement motivated individual you are likely to get one draft done quickly so you have a foundation to look at and improve upon. If you’re criticism, judgment or perfectionist driven you’re more likely to want the first draft to be a thing of beauty. Sentence crafting becomes a painstaking experience. You know, you spend two hours crafting one sentence that may or may not work for the article you’re working on.

As a perfectionist you feel like your work is never good, fast or brilliant enough. Other people get more done, in less time and are thinner, cuter and more intelligent than you. And, if you’ve invested your sense of self into your work YOU probably feel fat, dumb and lazy….With a lot of under-expressed potential.

If you’re a perfectionist you have gotten as far as you have by being really good at pushing a boulder (of uncertainty) up a mountain. You’re never sure if what you’re doing is enough. You want to do more but so much of your energy is invested in the boulder you find it hard to work. Your saving grace, if you want to call it that, is the last minute. Finally you get to the critical hour, or I should say, you finally get to the hour where there’s no time to be critical and you’re forced to put the boulder down and work. Work you do..the dust flies. Liberated from the burden of the perfectionists boulder you crank it out. This works but the price is huge and you never gets to see what your best work looks like. And because you did all your work at the last minute after promising yourself never to do it this way again you feel obligated to pick up your boulder again and off you slowly go.

More to come.