Thought Process from the Mind of a Perfectionist

I need to do this.
And I need to do this…
And I need to do this…

Oh! Almost forgot…
And this, too…

I got a 96.7% on the last test. What did I do wrong? Why did I miss 2 ½ points? I should have studied more.

I’m such a terrible student.

I feel like I never do enough.

Of course. I’m just trying to improve. I want to be better. I do. You know, to be a better person.

I would love to help out. I’ll just fit it in-between my seven classes, my papers and homework assignments, my work schedule, my Pilates class, my volunteer hours, and then maybe sleep for 4 hours tonight and eat a meal in there somewhere.

I am an awful daughter.

I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

I’ll just add that to the list.

I’m the worst mom.

Can I do that? That’s not the right question. If I do it, I will give 150% until there is absolutely nothing wrong. It must look flawless. It will appear perfect.

I’m such a bad member of the church. I wish I was as spiritual as she is.

I feel like there’s never enough time in the day.

If I wasn’t so busy, I’d look prettier. I’d go out on more dates. Maybe guys would like me more.

I wish my home could be as clean as her house.

I’m not a good wife.

I feel so tired.

I feel so worn out.

I feel so alone.

I feel like no matter how busy I make myself, there is still this empty, gnawing hole inside.

I feel worthless.

I am worthless.

I feel… I am…

I am a failure.

Thoughts: they shape who we are and how we perceive ourselves. We perfectionists need a revolution in our thought process.


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Thought Process from the Mind of a Perfectionist

8 thoughts on “Thought Process from the Mind of a Perfectionist

  1. “I got a 96.7% on the last test. What did I do wrong? Why did I miss 2 ½ points? I should have studied more.” I relate to what you are saying however my goals aren’t quite so high! I got 68% for a Unit of study last semester and achieved a Credit – if I had got 70% I would have got a distinction! The bottom line is that I passed – YAY.

    Great post 🙂

    • Thank you so much. 🙂 The point here, in some ways, is exaggeration. The point that nothing ever seems to be enough. The point isn’t the score. It is the fact that some people, like me, struggle every day with feeling worthless. 🙂 Congrats on passing! You are fantastic!!! Thank you for the comment, Rainee. 🙂

  2. I agree!! Cheers to that! I totally understand and appreciate that- I even feel that way with blogging sometimes! Then I try and remind myself that it’s totally okay no matter what- but wow, such strong internal messaging, huh!? Thanks for this post!

  3. I think you’ve been in my head! My new phrase is that I’m “good enough”, it helps me stop kicking myself for not being perfect, and helps me know when to stop doing a task that could be just that little bit better…..

  4. hahaha, my goals for the next few days: get up late, paint some more, drink coffee, watch some c**p tv, sit by the fire a lot, Skype my grandson, walk on the beach with the dogs, NOT LISTEN TO THE CRITICISM INSIDE MY HEAD, upload some pics to facebook and WordPress. Thanks for your post. Liz

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