As we celebrated International Women’s Day earlier this year, I kept reflecting on how perfectionism holds women back.
One day, I had a boss who told me that not everyone is like me, and I should stop holding other people to my perfectionist standards.
That comment stopped me in my tracks. It forced me to take a step back and reflect on how I’ve been working, the effect it was having on my productivity and what it was doing to my team.
I noticed 3 things:
I kept suffering from burnout, because I kept trying to do everything.
I was micromanaging my team to ensure any and all projects that went through our department were perfect.
I was a superholic… I was trying to do everything excellently at the same time!
Perfectionism means that you’re basically unable to settle for anything less than perfect from one’s perspective.
It’s a mindset where there’s really no room for mistakes. Perfectionists are constantly “striving for flawlessness”.
If you are a Perfectionist, then you are likely to be your own worst enemy. You need to keep in mind that you have the ability to out-perform others around you, because you generally perform at a higher level than most people.
How Do You Know if You Are a Perfectionist?
You strive for impeccability;
You set excessively high-performance standards for yourself and for others;
You over criticize yourself in evaluations;
You are concerned about others’ evaluations of you.
So ladies, in order to get over your perfectionist behavior, DO…
. Create more realistic personal goals and expectations.
Challenge your inner critic and remove negative thoughts.
Practice not holding others to your super-holic standards.
This week, choose to challenge your perfectionist tendencies: Choose progress over perfection.
Are you holding back your SUCCESS by being a perfectionist?