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How Perfectionism Can Hold You Back

How Perfectionism Can Hold You Back | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Are you a perfectionist? For many people it's a point of pride--but it may be keeping you from reaching your highest potential.

If you constantly do everything perfectly and perform everything flawlessly, you may think you're being effective and efficient. But sometimes it's the imperfect performances that demonstrate your greatest potential.

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Here are eight ways that perfectionism may be holding you back.

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Chris Farrance's curator insight, September 25, 2014 6:55 AM

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HJJP's curator insight, September 26, 2014 2:20 PM

Excellence is the enemy of good? 

Can it be that sometimes GOOD is all we need? And trying to achieve excellence will simply get in the way of accomplishing anything?

 

 

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How To Dodge Perfectionist's Burnout

How To Dodge Perfectionist's Burnout | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Perfectionism is actually deeply flawed. Perfectionists set themselves up for constant stress. They resist taking on challenging new work for fear of not being able to deliver. Their progress can easily be paralyzed by impossibly high standards.


From start to finish, every creative task or project we tackle can take on unfathomable proportions when we are unwilling to settle for anything less than perfect. Elizabeth Grace Saunders, a time coach and self-proclaimed recovering perfectionist knows all too well how easy it is to slip into the danger-zone of perfectionism. Here are three common perfectionist roadblocks Saunders identifies and how to overcome them:

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It's every perfectionist's mantra: "Why settle for anything less than perfect?"

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Save Yourself From Burnout By Putting Your Overachiever Tendencies On Hold

Save Yourself From Burnout By Putting Your Overachiever Tendencies On Hold | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

This message will be a tough one for perfectionists and overachievers to hear, but they’re who need it most.


“Satisficing,” is a term coined by researchers in 2002 who studied the effects of choice on people who felt they needed to maximize every available option, rather than settle for happiness. People prone to maximizing their options felt more regret, uncertainty, and a sense of failure with their final product than those taking the best possible option and settling on it confidently.


“To satisfice is to pursue not the best option, but a good enough option,” the researchers wrote.

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Opting for "good enough" can save you from burning out, but what's a perfectionist to do?

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Today, Just Be Average

Today, Just Be Average | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Your perfectionism is blocking your progress.


Have you ever obsessed over a report when your boss said it was already plenty good enough? Have you ever lost an object of little importance but just had to keep looking for it? Do colleagues often tell you, “Just let it go”?


Overachievers have such high expectations of themselves that their “average” might be another person’s “really good.” So instead of pushing yourself to give 100% (or 110%, whatever that means) you can go for giving 75% or 50% of what you usually might offer.


Aiming for “perfect” instead of “good enough” can seriously backfire.

Vicki Kossoff @ The Learning Factor's insight:

Unlike other obsessions and addictions, perfectionism is something a lot of people celebrate, believing it’s an asset. But true perfectionism can actually get in the way of productivity and happiness.

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