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Do you consider yourself to be a perfectionist? Do you expect nothing less than perfect in your performance at work, school, in the sports you play, or even the tidiness of your spaces and social media profile? Perfectionitis is when your inner critic, self-doubt, and self-sabotaging thoughts tend to run rampant – where ‘good enough’ simply isn’t perfect enough. While it’s important to have high standards for yourself, the old Irish proverb: “There’s no wise man without a flaw” still rings true.
No one is perfect. And yet, perhaps we’re all still perfect in our imperfections.
Today, I discuss what perfectionitis is and explain why it’s important to celebrate our inner perfections, despite our flaws. I explain why perfectionism is an unhealthy way of thinking and how the pursuit of perfection often creates a fear of failure, self-criticism, and self-sabotaging behaviors. I explain how you can determine if you’re suffering from perfectionitis and why perfectionism often goes hand-in-hand with procrastination. I also share tips on how to address your perfectionist tendencies, the value of celebrating your strengths and achievements, and the importance of developing a growth mindset.
“Don’t let your flaws – don’t let your imperfections – weigh you down in a sea of needless negativity.”
– Dr. Mark Rowe
This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:
- Understanding perfectionitis
- Why perfectionism is an unhealthy trait
- How perfectionism often leads to feeling ‘stuck’ and a false sense of inadequacy
- Clues you may be suffering from perfectionitis
- The difference between perfectionists and high achievers
- Why perfectionism often goes hand-in-hand with procrastination
- Tips for dealing with perfectionism
- The importance of celebrating your own strengths, achievements, and accomplishments
- Developing a growth mindset
- Focusing on what you have to be grateful for and asking yourself: ‘What went well?”
- Embracing imperfection, change, and progress
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