Meet Perfectionist Pippi.
Her appearance is immaculate. She has a stylish haircut that says she went to an expensive salon. She wears beautiful designer clothes and is always fully accessorized. She has silver bangle bracelets, glittery earrings, and painted finger nails.
She prefers to sit alone and places her expensive handbag on the seat next to her. Inside, her bag is organized into different compartments so she can always find what she needs.
She doesn’t have many friends. Who wants to hang out with a perfectionist? She’s always so critical and talking about how things could be better. Instead of joining conversations with others, she’s often sitting alone looking out her window.
But what does Perfectionist Pippi need?
She needs others to know that she doesn’t see herself as perfect at all. She’s quite the opposite. She’s actually exhausted from the ridiculous expectations she puts on herself. She’s never enough.
She worries that she comes across as a know it all who thinks she’s better than others. When really, she thinks it’s her that doesn’t measure up.
She wants people to know that she has good intentions. What comes across as criticism is actually her thinking about how things could be made better for others. What comes across as bragging, is her excited to share something new.
In the end, Perfectionist Pippi just needs to slow down and rest. She needs to be okay with things being satisfactory (which makes her cringe), because she always strives for her best.
What has Perfectionist Pippi done for me?
Thank you Perfectionist Pippi for encouraging me to be ambitious. I care about doing my best, especially when it’s for other people. The little details matter and hard work is a given. I also appreciate thinking about something new and imagining what could be.
And…I do need to rein myself in at times. I need to enjoy the present and manage my own expectations. I’m working on it, for myself and my family.
You need to cool it a bit, Pippi (I say this in the nicest possible way).
And if you’re wondering, what is Lainie even talking about?!? Check out my previous post, Meet Protective Patty. I explain everything there.