‘Aim for perfection’ (2 Corinthians 13:11), writes the apostle Paul. This is very different from ‘perfectionism’. Perfectionism is ‘a personality trait characterised by a person’s striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards, accompanied by overly critical self-evaluation and concerns regarding others’ evaluations’. It leads to a fear of failure and making mistakes. It can lead to depression, anxiety and missed opportunities.
Nicky Gumbel - UK Vicar, Alpha Course (1955- )