The Truth About Perfectionism and Why It Isn’t a Good Thing

  1. By practicing perfectionism, we constantly expect flawlessness and fear any sign of weakness or failure.
  2. Perfectionism leads to a rigid life of complacency and low growth.
  3. ‍There is literally no such thing as “perfect.”

Perfectionism vs Striving for the Best 🙅🏾‍♀️

The Several Sources of Perfectionism 🔍

  1. Self-Oriented Perfectionism
  2. Other-Oriented Perfectionism
  3. Socially-Prescribed Perfectionism

Self-Oriented Perfectionism 🙍🏾‍♀️

Other-Oriented Perfectionism 👩‍👩‍👦‍👦

Socially-Prescribed Perfectionism 👀

The Traits of a Perfectionist and the Effects 📝

  1. They are too comfortable with their idea of perfect (complacent)
  2. They are afraid to try things they may fail at (fragile)
  3. They refuse to complete work until they believe it’s perfect (refusal) 🤪

Switching From a Perfectionist View to a Growth Mindset 🚀

1. Delete the word from your vocabulary.

2. Make a decision and stick to it.

Key Takeaways 🔑

  • Perfectionism means you avoid flaws and failure, which doesn’t allow for growth, unlike a growth mindset.
  • Perfectionism can stem from within you, pressure from others, or your fear of your image in society.
  • People who believe in perfectionism are complacent, fragile, and highly critical.
  • You can employ a growth mindset by erasing the word “perfect” from your vocabulary, and making decisions.

Don’t Leave Yet! 👏🏾




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