I was asked recently to explain the difference between excellence and perfectionism. Here are my thoughts:
Perfectionists see their value in their performance – “I can be and must be perfect to be pleasing” and hope that no one will notice that they are imperfect. Excellence, on the other hand, says “I am capable and competent.” I have abilities, but they are received abilities, given to me by my Father and developed through the teaching and opportunities that I have received. My value precedes my doing and my doing flows from value I know I already have. Out of gratitude to those who have given much to me and out of love for my Father and those I serve, I work to the best that I am able to do my part in the whole that our Father oversees well.