I’m a reforming perfectionist. There have been many times in the past where I have procrastinated, and hemmed and hawed about a decision. Not because the decision was particularly difficult or incredibly important but because I had to make the RIGHT choice. I couldn’t be wrong. I couldn’t let people down by not making the perfect decision.
So what happened? Sometimes I waited too long for the best outcome. Every time I put that kind of pressure on myself I brought myself more stress and anxiety than was necessary. I realize now that by making the best decision at the time I would be doing the best I could without totally stressing myself out. If the decision I made wasn’t ideal it would most likely work out in the end anyway.
So now I look at a decision, get all the data I can to support my choice and then go for it. However when faced with two major decision over the past week my stress levels and perfectionist qualities have been rising again. When you are choosing your home for the foreseeable future and your means of transport for not only your whole family but also that home, it is a lot of responsibility.
I am trying to reign in the stress and take each decision one step at a time. We’ve done our homework. We know what we need and what we want. Luckily I have Steve with me during all of this. He is much more level headed and less of a thinker (in a good way!) then me. When I start to get spun up about whether or not we are making the right choice, or forgetting something important, he brings me back to earth with his calm assessment of the situation.
The decisions we are making this week (buying the Airstream and truck) are definitely huge for our future but they are not the end of the world. We are flexible. We can make almost anything work. So I’ll do my homework and ask my questions and make the best decision available to us, and go home and *hopefully* sleep like a baby (perhaps after a celebratory cocktail) knowing that the decision we make will be the right one for us.
What about you? Do you ever stress over making the RIGHT decision?