Updated: Jan 19
Have you found yourself not starting something because your expectations are too high - "I can't do this, I am not good enough at ...." or not ever finishing a project?
We spend hours, days in trying to perfect our work - a painting, an article a project.
Why? It has to live up to our standard. And we have high standards...
What is surprising is that our strive for perfection is in some cases not coming from a genuine wish to excel but is rather inspired by low self-confidence.
We fear we will be judged and fall short...
Perfectionism can prevent us from experiencing satisfaction from anything we want to achieve. As a perfectionist we believe that nothing we do is good enough, because only perfection is acceptable. We feel that if it isn't perfect I can't possibly show it to others - what will they say? The fear of being judged is holding us back - either from starting a project or finishing it.
The trouble is perfection doesn’t exist. We are therefore driving ourselves to achieve the unachievable which can only end in disappointment.
About the Author
Dr. Martina Wagner is the cofounder of ArtesHumanis – a boutique executive development firm that helps individuals and companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100 companies—succeed by enhancing performance and improving effectiveness of their leaders and teams.
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