Last week, I attended the Breathe Christian Writers Conference, and once again, I walked away inspired and encouraged to keep writing and offering my very best efforts to God and to you, the readers He has entrusted to me.
One of my lifelong struggles has been a battle with perfectionism. Whenever I speak and share my testimony, I explain how once upon a time, my whole life was a performance and no one ever saw behind the curtain. Perfectionism not only prevented me from creating authentic relationships, it prevented me from creating and taking risks. It prevented me from experiencing the wonder of truly creating something excellent and offering it to the world.
During one of his keynote presentations, Steven James challenged us to offer our very best to God, but to be wary of falling into the trap of perfectionism. As one who battles this continually, I found his explanation of the differences so helpful. In fact, I plan on tacking these in my office, on my bathroom mirror, basically everywhere–because I’m that forgetful.
I hope you will find this as encouraging as I did. Whatever you do today–offer excellence, but don’t get caught in perfectionism.
Mark your calendars now! The Breathe Christian Writers Conference will return next year October 7-8, 2016, with keynote James Scott Bell.
So what about you? How do you do with excellence vs. perfectionism?
I love this Amelia! Thank you. It’s definitely something I struggle with greatly.
Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins says
I like to think about it like this: being 100% human, created with soul and dust and mystery. My identity And what I do is rooted in something deeper than anyone’s opinion of it, including my own.