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Better than Perfect by Elizabeth Lombardo

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CHAPTER 10

C: Create, Don’t Compare

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

—JOSEPH CHILTON PEARCE

IDEALLY, WED ALL be content with our lives, open to creating new possibilities. Unfortunately many perfectionists don’t feel that way. Instead, in an attempt to feel good about themselves, perfectionists spend a lot of time comparing themselves and their accomplishments to others, defining and evaluating themselves based on how they stack up to those around them. This creates a sense of competition: me versus them. And in those comparisons perfectionists often judge themselves negatively. And, believe me, perfectionists do not like to lose.

While comparing themselves to others is not unique to perfectionists, they tend ...

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