Perfectionism can cause paralysis. It creates fear and stops you from living your dreams. When you're worried about making everything perfect, nothing gets done.
Try these tips to get past your perfectionism so you can move forward:
1. Pay attention to your inner thoughts. Perfectionism can sneak up on you and take over your thoughts. Listen to your self-talk.
2. Just get things done. When you're too focused on making everything perfect, it slows you down. Instead, remember to stick to a schedule and meet deadlines.
3. Forgive yourself and others. Forgiveness can free you from perfectionism. Remind yourself that no one is perfect, and everyone has faults. Learn to forgive yourself and others for mistakes.
4. Keep in mind that second chances are usually available. Even if you can't do something perfectly the first time, you may have the opportunity to fix it later.
5. Celebrate tiny wins. Instead of focusing on what still needs to be done, focus on your wins. Each time you finish something it's a small victory. It's important to celebrate your accomplishments - even small ones.
6. Avoid being overwhelmed by a mistake. Perfectionists can get upset when things go wrong and tend to overly blame themselves. You can take responsibility for your role in the mistake without being overwhelmed by it.
7. Find balance in your life. Perfectionism can creep into many parts of your life. It can take over your family, relationships, and career. It's important to strive for balance.
8. Change your mindset. Changing how you think about things can be a powerful way to combat perfectionism. The way you view the world can influence every part of your being. Learn to find the good in everything and be happy with it.
You can learn to move past perfectionism. Practice these tips. Once you free your mind from perfectionism, you'll feel happier and success will come easier to you.
Copyright © 2020 LF Counseling, LLC
All the content on this website is for general informational purposes, and does not constitute medical, legal, financial or other professional advice and is not intended as mental health diagnosis or treatment. Additionally, use of this website or blog does not create a therapist-client relationship with Liz Fuhro, LPC, LPCC