Letting go of my plan

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

I used to be proud of being a perfectionist and the sense of accomplishment that title brought with it. Going the extra mile, working when others were playing, and living up to a standard that I set for myself, regardless of whether others demanded it or not—that was my world.

But I recently learned that pride can be not only the driving force, but also the downfall of the person who is caught up pushing their own plan. Although I’d often loved the results my meticulous attention to detail brought, I did get tired of carrying around the baggage of self-will.

A couple of years ago, as a consultant, I’d been asked to do a workshop on teambuilding for a group of people who were responsible for the implementation of a company-wide performance system. And I’d heard that a couple of people on the team were very unhappy. In general, I was told that the team was not taking accountability the way it should be doing. So the challenge was not only that of pulling the team together, but of overcoming the judgment and preconceptions I personally had toward certain team members. Fear and doubt that can be the by-product of judgment tried to creep in.

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