Perfectionism is a personality trait characterized by setting unrealistically high standards, and striving for flawlessness. It can manifest as excessive attention to detail, procrastination, and a fear of failure or making mistakes. Battling perfectionism involves learning to recognize and challenge perfectionistic thinking patterns and behaviors, and developing a more balanced and self-compassionate approach to achieving goals and managing expectations.
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- Battling PerfectionismJulie argues that while perfectionism is necessary in certain fields, such as open heart surgery, it can hinder more than it helps in other aspects of life. Perfectionism is often rooted in fear rather than opportunity, and can lead to worse prioritization decisions. Instead, individuals should consider the tradeoffs between making something perfect and using that time and energy for something else. It's important to tell oneself that perfect does not actually exist and that everything can be improved. Rather than being afraid to fail, individuals should tell themselves that they are excited to learn, as trying new things leads to improvement.
- How to Manage Your PerfectionismRebecca covers a comprehensive list of ways to battle perfectionism: • See the big picture • Adjust your standards • Create a checklist • Identify your triggers • Don’t trust your first reaction • Seek a diversion • Think positive • Get perspective • Monitor your progress