The other day, I asked people what they thought about using emoticons in professional correspondence. The answers I received were unsurprising; flat-out refusals abounded as well as a few responses that offered a more balanced perspective. Emoticons could be allowable if the professional contact was known well, possibly outside professional circles. Even then, most of the responders expressed a hesitance toward using them. It just seemed not quite professional or undercut the image they were trying to portray.
Perfectionists tend to put a lot of pressure on themselves. They have the pressure of doing everything perfectly. If they learn to cope with that particular pressure, they then face another one: the pressure of accomplishing goals and projects with unrealistic time frames. If they fail on either front, they’re likely to tailspin. They lose whatever confidence they have. They berate themselves. They forget that they’re human. They forget that they’re not called to a standard of perfection but to a standard of grace.