I promise this is a topic you will hear about again…
It not only interests me when work with gifted children but those that close to me know that I am a horrible perfectionist. It is something I have struggled with all my life. I am beginning to understand it better now that I am an adult and researching this trait.
This blog is helping me too- I have had to realize that being imperfect is going to happen and people will still like me (or at least they say they do).
A few imperfect things I have done the past two weeks:
1. Misspelled a word on my business card (after I handed out about 100!)
2. Not been able to get the bullets to line up “just right” in a blog post
3. After posting great information to about 300 people, I realized a hyperlink didn’t work
4. In tomorrow’s post, I COULD NOT get the font to all be same size
5. A safe bet would be that I have misspelled at least one word
In the whole scheme of life these are NOT big events. My point is that sometimes perfectionists get caught up in the small failures instead of looking at the big picture. I am realizing that if I learn from my mistakes, laugh about them, and move on… I do get better with my adventures. Hopefully I don’t lose people along the way!
A website of tips for parents of gifted children that have perfectionism: http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10203.aspx