If you are a perfectionist, you will no doubt identify with the following posting. For those of us who are driven by the pursuit of perfectionism in some things, many things, or all things, we struggle with getting things done. Thus, if you know a procrastinator, you likely also know a perfectionist.
One would think that a perfectionist would tend to get things done, but their drive isn’t to get things done. Their (our!) drive is to do things perfectly, or not at all. I know, it doesn’t make much sense, but did I ever say that it does?
So, some of the most talented, God-gifted people remain dormant and unfruitful in life for a simple reason: they have not been able to accept a less-than-perfect product or fruit to come of their service or work. In a way, we might say that a perfectionist’s number one barrier is their “faith” in their own imperfection.
As for the motives that lay behind our perfectionism, well, let’s leave those at the altar for now. That could be a long one to discuss.