P & P Syndrome
Do you suffer from P & P Syndrome? If you do, you need to get help from this life threatening condition...quickly.
What is P & P Syndrome and how do you know if you have it?
P & P Syndrome isn't a physical health condition, and can come and go through different stages in your life. P & P Syndrome is the condition of Perfectionism and Procrastination, which, if not recognised and dealt with, will become life threatening because it sucks the life out of everything you want to do, especially when it comes to trying something new. You see, P & P Syndrome is something that will stop you achieving the level of health you desire because it stops you from doing anything different that will lead to improvements in your health.
How do you get this condition? You get this condition by believing that if you can't do something perfectly, you might as well not do it at all.
P & P Syndrome is most likely to hit those people who are:
- high achievers
- tend to be a bit of a workaholic
- place very high (and often unattainable) standards on themselves
- Type A personalities
- goal setters
- have long "to do" lists
- find themselves with lots of half-finished projects
The reason that these types of people are mostly affected is because they are always wanting to better themselves in some area. Does this sound like you?
Now, what am I really talking about in this post? Let me explain...
Perfectionism is, according to the dictionary, 'a personal standard, attitude, or philosophy that demands perfection and rejects anything less'. Basically that means if it's anything less than perfect...forget it!
While perfectionism can sound like a good thing on the surface, when you start to look a little deeper, it can be a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Perfectionism causes you to be very hard on yourself and those around you. It can turn you into a 'half empty glass' type of person, and cause you to find the faults in almost everything. Not only that, it can stop you even trying to improve your health and your life because the lie of perfectionism whispers to you that you're not going to be able to do..."the program", "the diet", "the eating plan", "the detox", or "whatever"...perfectly, so why bother even starting. Perfectionism leads to procrastination....you keep putting off the thing you know you want and need to do because of the lie of perfectionism. Procrastination can then rob you of making those changes or starting that new thing that will actually bring you the better level of health that you are so wanting and needing.
P & P Syndrome also causes lots of stress and anxiety because of the tension between knowing you want to do something and actually never doing it for fear of failure. A good example of this is not pursuing a weight loss program because you fear you'll never reach that goal weight, so you stay in your misery because of P & P Syndrome.
Fortunately, P & P Syndrome is curable! All it takes to cure yourself is to make a decision. Make the decision that perfectionism is not all it's cracked up to be and that you aren't going to let it ruin your opportunities to move forward in your life...in whatever area that may be. Once you let go of the unrealistic expectations of perfectionism, procrastination virtually goes out the door! There's no need to keep putting something off if you aren't trying to measure up to some unobtainable goal of 'never making a mistake' or 'getting it wrong' or 'not succeeding'.
The better way of approaching the changes you want to make is with the attitude of excellence. Excellence is where you give it your very best shot, no matter what the outcome. If you don't quite hit the mark, you know that next time you'll do even better. Excellence is the best antidote to perfectionism. Excellence is not the dictatorial hard taskmaster that perfectionism is. Excellence means you do your best, and if you can accept that this is all you can do, procrastination is no longer an issue because you can start without the fear of not measuring up to some unobtainable goal of 'never making a mistake' or 'getting it wrong' or 'not succeeding'.
Excellence disempowers perfectionism.
So, are you suffering from P & P Syndrome? Has it stopped you from pursuing your life's goals or your health goals? Is it time for you to make the decision that can change your destiny for the better?
Make 2016 your best year yet...cure yourself of P & P Syndrome and take the next step forward. It will be worth it.