Is perfectionism always bad for you?

Is your perfectionism helping you or hindering you?

Jeff Szymanski helps you find out:

Characteristics of healthy perfectionism:

  • Striving for high but achievable standards that result in feelings of satisfaction and increased self-esteem
  • Matching your time and energy to tasks that match your strengths and interests
  • Having a sense of what you value and what your priorities are and devoting the lion’s share of your time and attention to these areas
  • Reaping payoffs from your efforts that are greater than your costs

Characteristics of unhealthy perfectionism:

  • Repeatedly setting goals for yourself but never achieving them
  • Constantly competing to be the best at everything in order to avoid feeling like a failure
  • Giving in to the feeling that all mistakes are catastrophic
  • Getting stuck in believing that one particular strategy must pay off, instead of trying others


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How should a pastor spend his Lord’s Day while on vacation
100% agree with Brian Croft on this one, especially #3.

Why we need more “Chaplains” and fewer “Leaders”
Mark Galli distinguishes between five types of pastoral style and calls for more “Chaplain pastors.” I’ll put my Amen to that as well.

Hugh Latimer, Preacher of God’s Word
Here’s Jeremy Walker’s fine address (pdf) on Hugh Latimer. It was delivered at the Evangelical Library in London. You’ll find a good store of other addresses in the Articles and Lectures tab as well.

Why sitting down is killing you [infographic]
Am I glad I’ve started using a stand-up desk. In the next few days I’ll show you how to make one for under $50.

The Future of Learning

Chris Larson Leadership Lectures

Last Spring, the students and staff at PRTS were hugely blessed by the visit of Ligonier’s Chris Larson who gave three excellent lectures on leadership. Here’s the first, and I’ll post the other two next week.

As many of you will know, Chris was recently appointed President of Ligonier Ministries, giving great joy to Ligonier’s many supporters and students in the confidence that RC Sproul’s wonderful teaching legacy will be maintained and developed in good and godly hands.

Leadership Gleanings, Part 1 from Puritan Reformed on Vimeo.

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David Millar relives doping battle
Lots of lessons about temptation in this BBC video about Tour de France cyclist David Millar’s seduction by doping drugs and his battle to recover and rebuild his life.

7 ways the devil tries to destroy a church

Why Google is the most important learning tool ever invented
Probably not great news for lecturers.

How to use Evernote
Michael Hyatt provides links to all his Evernote guides. This is a great software tool for students, teachers, and in fact for anyone who wants to get the paper in their life under control. It’s basically a free filing cabinet that is much more accessible, searchable and usable than any physical filing cabinet. I pay $45 a year for the premium service and consider it money very well-spent.

Is gluten making you depressed?
Further evidence of the link between some depressions and diet.

Two examples of heart-searching homework
Probing questions from Paul Tautges on helping people to move from fruit to root.

Balance your media diet [infographic] Want to know how your nine hours a day in front of a screen is divided up?

Avoid these time-wasting Tweets
Is that an oxymoron?

Diligence + Time = Excellence

I was listening to Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership podcast yesterday, when he said something that struck me as profoundly true:

Diligence is excellence over time.

Or to put it mathematically: Diligence + time = Excellence.

Some might take that as a discouragement. You mean no quick fixes? No shortcuts? No magic formula? No silver bullet?

That’s right.

However, I think it’s actually a huge encouragement and motivation to faithful and consistent daily living in our callings.

And it looks like God wants me to hear that message because today I also came across Seth Godin’s post, Preparing for the breakthrough:

Products and services succeed one person at a time, as the word slowly spreads….Doors open, sure, but not all at once. One at a time.

One at a time is a little anticlimactic and difficult to get in a froth over, but one at a time is how we win and how we lose.

In a world that falsely promises instant results, “one at a time” is such a needed message. Pastors and church planters need to hear it. Parents and teachers need to hear it. Businesses need to hear it.

I need to hear it.

One sermon at a time. One lecture at a time. One blog at a time. One video at a time. One soul at a time.

Diligence. Diligence. Diligence.

And maybe one day…excellence.