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Sloppy, Stupid and Unprofessional

OK, so I cannot spell. You must have noticed by now. That, and I have several other learning disabilities. I have heard my entire life how sloppy, stupid, or unprofessional I am because of these difficulties. I can’t say it hasn’t stung from time to time but it has been a great teacher.

Which brings me to the idea of perfectionism, a topic that was repeated again during the last session of my Serious Success 2 Business program. We discussed the importance of moving forward rather than getting stuck in the idea with a false belief that things, at some point in time, will be perfect. They won’t be.

There was a point in my life where a mistake like what I just mentioned would’ve caused me physical pain. I would have cringed at the idea of people witnessing such an “obvious” oversight. However, at this point in time, a mistake like that only reminds me of my humanness — something I have to say I’m becoming very good friends with. I have learned that compassion with myself is a vital part of my success.

I’m going to recommend that you become friends with your own limitations, shortcomings, and oversights. Not because we want to devalue our work or lessen its impact but because, in order for the world to change — and in order for our lives to change — we need to move forward, take action, and make a difference. If we are doing that, the mistakes along the way will fade and our successes will become that much greater and more memorable.

I am grateful that I do not need to be perfect. I will, of course, try my best, but doing my best truly is good enough, and makes the work and the challenges faced that much more enjoyable and deeply fulfilling.

by Dr. Kate Siner

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