Killing the Perfectionist

After weeks of serious procrastination, I am finally writing this blog on PERFECTIONISM.

I have to admit it ‘s taken weeks to write as I have been mentally writing this blog so it is pretty much perfect when I type it up.

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Over time, perfectionism can stifle your creativity, productivity and self- confidence. Basically erode your sanity!

Apparently there are two types of  PERFECTIONISTS –

  • THOSE WHO SET GOALS AND AIM HIGH
  • THOSE WHO SET UNREALISTIC GOALS THEN UNLEASH BRUTAL SELF CRITICISM WHEN THEY FAIL TO ACHIEVE THEM

The second type of Perfectionist can suffer a great deal of emotional damage.

So what drives Perfectionism?? 

A few factors can contribute to perfectionism… anxiety, insecurity and a fear of being disapproved of. Children who grew up with perfectionist parents are more likely to be perfectionists themselves.

Procrastination is a side effect of perfectionism. Fear of not being able to do it to the right standard renders the person incapacitated at that time. So the task is put off until the person feels the moment is right. There is often also a low tolerance levels for rituals by such people.

A fear of failure can also result in procrastination.

How to overcome Perfectionist tendencies –

  • Be a healthy Perfectionist, not a neurotic one
  • Remove the all or nothing mindset
  • Avoid the Perfectionist mind trap
  • Learn to respect and love yourself
  • Use your ideals as guidelines
  • Value your relationships
  • Celebrate every progress, victory and failure

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