Are Your Captures Never Good Enough?

Do you suffer from perfectionism or from a feeling that your work is just ‘not good enough’? Maybe it’s your associate or boss who does? Always finicky about the output from your project, like that long-range drone capture? Or, just can’t get the settings right on that telescope for the perfect image of Jupiter? Here are some Up Sides, Down Sides, and the Funny side to being a perfectionist that might help you get past it all.

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Dealing with Perfectionism

I’m a bit of a perfectionist myself, so I thought I’d share the three sides to help vulnerable ones like me.

It’s said that perfectionists are obsessives.

But it’s the procrastination that gets in my way. It can stand in the way of results. The fear of failure or rejection is high. There is much comparing and competing, and it feels like it can’t be helped.

…most perfectionists end up being frustrated, stressed up, depressed, and self-angered because of the unachieved goal they set for themselves. ~ Laraba B Samuel.



The Up Side of Perfectionism

The perfectionist, Michelangelo, created world-revered masterpieces.

As well, Steve Jobs, Apple’s late lamented leader, was a harrowed perfectionist. Yet, he revolutionized the world in the computer, entertainment, and communication technology.

In the words of perfectionist actors:

“I always want to get it right and I don’t know what the answer to it is. But I do know that it’s out there and I do know it’s worth looking for”, Daniel Craig.

“Sometimes I think I’m going to have to check myself into a mental asylum, it gets so bad”, Gwyneth Paltry.

So… it turns out…

…perfectionism isn’t all bad.

Indeed, perfectionism is a paradox. It can be a treasure or a trap.

Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity ~ Dr Brene Brown

The Down Side of Perfectionism

A perfectionist can conjure up some unrealistic pressures and set some impossible-to-reach standards. All of this negatively influences how they think and act.

In a nutshell, things can get out-of-control because of these five tendencies of perfectionism:

  • Need for approval and pleasing others
  • Procrastination
  • Fear of making mistakes
  • Highly self-critical
  • Judging of self and others

The Funny Side of Perfectionism

Michael Rutter’s video shows the funny side of being a perfectionist. Take a look and ease the pressure. Laughter is the best medicine.

Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity ~ Dr Brene Brown

Looking for More on Dealing with Perfectionism

See this article: 7 Keys to Overcoming Perfectionism.

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Jeff Madden

Hi, Jeff Madden here. I'm an enthusiast of the wide-open spaces with over 15 years of experience in using spatial data. My work here is about helping others with outdoor technology.

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