Have you ever wondered if you are a perfectionist?
Chances are, you would consider perfectionism as a positive trait – who doesn’t want to be perfect?
What is Perfectionism?
Perfectionism is defined as a broad personality style characterized by a person’s concern with striving for flawlessness and perfection and is accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations (Stoeber & Childs, 2010).
Here are some signs that you might be a perfectionist:
Procrastinating on a task until you know you can do it perfectly
Deem the results as the most important part of completing the task, you disregard the process you take to get your results
To view a task as incomplete until it meets your expectations
Take a longer time to finish a task that others typically take lesser time to finish
I borrowed this title from Joan’s Facebook post. Joan’s a visually impaired athlete and the top scorer for the women’s national Goalball team. She was reflecting on a 1 v 3 modified Goalball game where she competed and won against three sighted athletes. This happened just before the circuit breaker.
She was pondering about who would be considered “disabled” should the tables be turned – in a context where the sighted athletes had to operate in a “blind” environment instead. You can read about her thoughts and watch the game here. While you are at it, do send her a friend request!
“Is disability a result of one’s condition, or the result of the physical and social environment?”
I thought that Joan’s sharing connected really strongly with the Social Model of Disability and there is an important message here to be shared with my fellow coaches and the public.