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Trying to be perfect is stressful and creates anxiety. Perfectionism involves holding yourself to impossibly high standards which are inflexible, unrelenting and unrealistic. Bottom line, no one is perfect. Striving to be perfect results in failure every time. Some think that perfectionism is a positive quality because it may lead to success and getting recognition from others.
The opposite is true about trying to be perfect. Research proves that it can actually result in worse performance, missed opportunities, damaged relationships, impaired physical and mental health and unhappiness.
"Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be your best.
Perfection is not about healthy achievement and growth."
— Brene Brown, author and researcher at the University of Houston
This professor suggests that, instead of trying to be perfect, people should focus on the process of learning or aiming to complete a task the best that they can.
Perfectionism can cause avoidance of beinning a project they are not sure can be done perfectly. A perfectionist can take longer than necessary to finish a task the quality of which may be of little importance, neglecting other more important things.
Here are some examples of perfectionist thoughts:
Some of the research done on perfectionism shows that it is associated with anxiety, depression, excessive stress and suicide risk. Re-framing or changing your thoughts about your work can help with perfectionism. Below are some suggestions on how to do this.