Do you ever struggle with perfectionism? Wanting to be the perfect wife, the perfect mom, or to do things perfectly in your home business? Do you write a long list of to-do’s for that new product or new service you’re creating, thinking you have to get everything done perfectly, like making the perfect sales page or setting up your new Aweber list perfectly – before even you’ve even done the basics (like writing the outline for the ebook)?

Perfectionism is a trap and it freezes us up, keeping us from moving forward and from doing the things that God has called us to do.  You can take a perfectionism quiz here. Here’s my results after taking the test:

You’re A Perfectionist

You probably already know that your perfectionistic tendencies cause you stress and complicate your life in some ways, but you probably don’t realize the extent of perfectionism’s negative effects on your lifestyle and stress level. The resources below can explain more about perfectionism, and give you resources for changing. I highly recommend you begin the journey now. Don’t worry if it takes a little time to change your patterns; any progress made can benefit you from now on!

 The only truly perfect person is Jesus Christ.  We don’t have to be perfect. We just need to ask God for help, do the best we can and surrender it to Him, and then go on, leaving the results up to Him. Don’t let perfectionism keep you stuck. Get over the hurdle of perfectionism and keep running. I love what The Barefoot Executive, Carrie Wilkerson, says about it: “Not PERFECT – just DONE!’ That helped to set me free in 2010 -or at least I’m working on it!

Galatians 3:3 (NLT) says, “How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?”

My new friend, WAHBalance.com creator Linda da Silva, is a global entrepreneur who is passionate about motivating others to success. Swedish by birth, Linda has lived in England and Brazil for several years. Linda believes it doesn’t matter where live, where you come from or where you’re traveling, you CAN create a successful business online. She created a great video about not getting caught in the trap of perfectionism.

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  1. Linda Hernestal Da Silva May 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Great post Beth! I think this is a topic many struggle with in silence. Now lets say no to perfectionism! Thank you for featuring the video, I hope it will encourage those who are trapped to get out! 🙂

  2. Beth Jones May 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you, Linda – great video! Yes, I agree to saying “no” to perfectionism, but “yes” to all God has for us!

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