Saturday, January 25, 2014

P1-MPP6 - Perfectionism and Procrastination

Making Peace With Your Past
Unit 6 – Perfectionism and Procrastination

Memory verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9 – “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me”

Affirmations to repeat: “Because God loves me, it is OK to be incomplete.”

Day 1: Programmed for Perfectionism

Q1. When Jesus says in Matthew 5:48 “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect”, what did he mean? Did he intend for us to be a perfectionist? Pg.106

Q2. How do we become perfectionists? Pg.107

Q3. Did you have any “almost” messages, while growing up? What were they? Pg.108

Q4. What about the “zero-defects” message? Please describe. List some things that are not worth doing an an optimal level. Pg.108

Q5. Can you identify with the “hard work cover-up” message? How? Pg.109

Q6. What about the “idle-hands” message? Were you taught to stay busy all the time? How was this communicated to you? How did it affect you? Pg.109

Q7. Were you challenged to “reach for the stars”? Was this message motivating, frightening, or mixed (feeling both good and bad)? pg.110

Day 2: The Cost of Perfectionism

Q8. List three ways perfectionism makes relationships with other people difficult. Pg.112

Q9. Are you a perfectionist? What does this feel like? Do you enjoy it? Why do you feel this way? Pg.113

Day 3: Perfectionism and Productivity

Q10. Do you consistently procrastinate? Give examples. Why do you procrastinate? Pg.114

Q11. How has perfectionism affected your productivity? Are you too successful at being a perfectionist? Pg.115

Day 4: An Alternative to Perfectionism

Q12. What are the three steps to letting go of perfectionism? Pg.117

Day 5: Perfectionism and Excellence

Q13. Name four differences between perfectionism and aiming for excellence.

Q14. How would you define aiming for excellence? Are you willing to adopt this goal rather than the compulsion of perfectionism? Pg.119


Q15. What are the major lessons you have learned as you progressed through this unit? (half page)