This is a useful and to-the-point article about ways in which perfectionists self-sabotage, and the ways in which they can get out of their own way.
As a recovering perfectionist, I recognise these traits, and am still working on both ruminating about “weaknesses, mistakes, and failures” and applying my own high standards to others.
The ways that the author notes that perfectionists can get in their own way are:
- Struggling to make decisions or take action
- Worrying excessively about sunk costs
- Avoiding challenges to avoid failure
- Applying their high standards to others
- Ruminating about weaknesses, mistakes, and failures
…and the ways they can overcome these:
- Learn from successes
- Develop heuristics to enable faster decision-making and action taking
- Ask yourself “How could I improve by 1%?”
- Learn strategies to disrupt rumination
Source: How Perfectionists Can Get Out of Their Own Way | Harvard Business Review
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