Do you seek perfection? Does everything you do need to be flawless—without possible failure? If so, your pursuit of perfection might be holding you back.
There are times when we need to be perfect or near-perfect, such as when constructing a bridge or performing surgery. Falling short of exacting specifications can spell danger. But for most of us most of the time, there is room for a margin of error. Most major league pitchers have never pitched a perfect game in their entire careers. The best hitters who earn $10 million to $20 million a year fail at least two-thirds of the time!
An attachment to being perfect reflects a lack of self-compassion and wisdom. The failure to embrace our humanity with its joys, sorrows, and imperfections leads to a rigid sense of self that shatters easily when we miss our goals. Emotional health requires gentleness toward ourselves as we embrace inevitable failures. We can find satisfaction in doing our best, but this doesn’t mean that we need to be perfect. In the interactive workshop, we will address ways to decrease negative self-talk (yourself and the client), learn/discuss methods for breaking free of the mold of perfection, and techniques used to assist clients (and possibly yourself) in improving self-esteem.
Objectives - upon completion, participants should be able to:
1. List at least two negative aspects of the attachment to perfection.
2. List two reasons behind the importance of embracing limitations.
3. List at least three questions to ask clients when helping them learn how to ‘break free from the mold’.
4. List at least three integral parts of Narrative Therapy.
5. List a least three effective ways/questions used in helping clients recognize and change negative thoughts.
3 hours CE credit for LPC, LPC-S, LMFT, LMTF-S and contact hours for social workers. Certificates will be awarded via email or at the end of the workshop. Payment may be made via PayPal - Square is available at the workshop for card swipes as well.