perfectionism

The Antidote to Perfectionism


Do you consider yourself a purposeful procrastinator? Meaning: do you often find yourself putting off tasks or creative projects because you want to wait until everything is “just right?” Well, I do. Purposeful procrastination is a compensation mechanism for perfectionism. Here's the silly thing, perfectionism doesn't exist, and it is self-destructive. We create these "perfection-seeking" narratives as a way to seek societal acceptance and approval.

Repeat with me now, perfectionism doesn't exist!

Repeat with me now, perfectionism doesn't exist!

In Brené Brown's book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, she warns that perfectionism can hamper success. Perfectionism causes "life paralysis" which Dr. Brown describes as "all the opportunities we miss because we're too afraid to put anything out in the world that could be imperfect." Can you think of a project that you've put off? Why do you believe that is?

Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.
— Salvador Dali

How do you conquer feelings of perfectionism? Self-compassion! Begin each new day with a healthier mindset. Say to yourself, "I'm just going to show up and strive to do my best." Be like Dali and say, "Adiós" to perfectionism!

Kirsten, web content strategist and designer

Kirsten, web content strategist and designer

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