“The Per­sis­tence of Mem­ory” by Sal­vador Dali

I thought I would start off the New Year (like so many peo­ple do) with a New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion.… to become less of a per­fec­tion­ist. Now I know that a goal is sup­posed to be spe­cific and mea­sur­able, and this is nei­ther, but I think I will still be able to tell when I accom­plish it. After all, per­fec­tion­ism leads to pro­cras­ti­na­tion, so if I can con­quer my per­fec­tion­ist ten­den­cies, I should find myself pro­cras­ti­nat­ing less and accom­plish­ing more in 2009. Per­fec­tion­ism causes a major road block for artists, and it’s espe­cially heart­break­ing to see this in young stu­dents. But how can I coun­sel them to resist per­fec­tion­ism when I strug­gle with it myself??

Sur­re­al­ist Sal­vador Dali, said it best, “Have no fear of per­fec­tion, you’ll never reach it.”

To be a per­fec­tion­ist is to allow pre­cious time to “melt away”. So, here’s to a “less per­fect” year with a lot more accomplished!

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One Response to Perfection

  1. Boomer January 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    The one great thing about striv­ing for per­fec­tion is the things you learn along the way to real­iz­ing that you’ll never get there. Things you might not have learned if you were less obsessed.

    Of course,you have to bail even­tu­ally and broaden out. Best wishes on doing that.

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