As I sit here trying to redesign my logo a few thoughts about perfectionism came to mind.
I know from experience the negative effects of striving for perfection. I remember clearly the obsessive compulsive routines I had in place, the determination I had for achieving a certain number (which is/will be never enough), the internal critic that destroys your self worth, and the elusive ‘finish line’ of standards. I lived for over half of my life with the thought process of never being good enough. When I developed my eating disorders and my life and recovery depended on changing the way my perfectionistic brain was conditioned, I literally went to war with those critical voices and had to retrain from scratch. I would call it the militaristic positive affirmation phase where I surrounded my whole life with only positive/good/encouraging/healthy, and those pesky perfectionistic voices and self critical thoughts; I screamed at, and fought with a vengeance.
I literally went to war with those critical voices and had to retrain from scratch
I have been quite stable for years from my depression and anxiety, and completely free of eating disorders for definitely 5; I believe I can honestly and rationally bring perspective to perfection being a double edged sword.
One area where perfectionism has been an added benefit is in business. Let’s try to put aside the ‘artist’ practice of mine, and look at the business aspects involved. I will keep researching, improving, practicing, perfecting, always striving to better everything from client experience, functionality, to logo design. The business never stops evolving much like myself as an individual. I wont stand for anything less from myself. Now this may sound a bit daunting but the fact is when you are immersed in something as passionate as I am about art and importance of mental health, nothing is lost, it fills my being and purpose. Yes, I admit I can be a pain in the a**, being completely relentless, detail oriented, pointing out flaws, not settling until I am happy, and at times brutally honest, but I’ve always supported quality over quantity and believe in this wholeheartedly, it will set you apart in the sea of others, become an asset; a quality your clients will identify with your brand.
One area where perfectionism has been an added benefit is in business
Your thoughts on perfectionism; does it serve a positive or negative purpose in your life?.