πŸ’€Perfection-ism πŸ₯€

πŸ‘‹ Hello friend

Over the last few months, I have been collecting information about perfectionism that resonated with me.

My perfectionist nature stopped me from sending it 4 months ago.


πŸ‘¨β€πŸŽ“ I am willing to share my large collection of expert advice, recent studies, and blog posts on Perfectionism

β€œHealthy striving is self-focused β€” How can I improve?
Perfectionism is other-focused β€” What will they think?β€œ - Brene Brown

Living with perfectionism means always seeking approval from others. Instead of being authentic, we strive to be β€œenough”.


πŸ›β€οΈβ€πŸ©Ή Cause and Consequence of Perfectionism

Alexandra Michel, a former Goldman associate, followed a cohort of 24 first-year bankers over a decade to 2012.

Michel found that they entered a cycle of physical deterioration after working 80-120 hour weeks that by the fourth year led to:

  • suffering from autoimmune diseases,
  • heart palpitations,
  • hair loss,
  • alcoholism
  • and rage.

❗ The working ethos that led to this was entirely self-generated.

Students joined banks with a pre-programmed tendency towards overwork; banks ran with it.


βš–οΈ A Short Story on How Perfectionists Should Make Decisions

General Schwartzkopf once decided within minutes which had been held off for over 10 years.

"For 10 years they've talked about it, going back and forth. The best minds have been on it, and they can't decide one way or the other, so you know what? We need to pick one and do it."

So I just did.

"Because I believe that now all the best people are going to go to work on it, and they'll either make it work or they won't. They'll see it's not working, and we'll change directions, and we'll do what's right, but what's happened right now is a logjam of nothingness."

Decisions are power, and I'm here to make them. That's what I'm in position for. That's what I'm a leader for.

There are two options when facing a decision:

Option #1: Remain paralyzed in indecision.

Option #2: Make a decision and monitor to see if you need to shift your approach.


πŸ§žβ€β™‚οΈ Perfectionist's Expectations

Perfectionist's expectations aren't high.

Perfectionists' expectations are unrealistic. They can't be met.

Perfectionists work excessively, creating a cycle that may result in burnout.

Perfectionism helps us feel in control.

Perfectionism is a defense mechanism.


πŸ™‡β€β™‚οΈ Perfectionism is a learned behavior which can be relearned.

Although the tendency toward perfectionism can be inherited, it is often a learned behavior.

Growing up in an environment where mistakes were punished may strive for perfectionism as an adult.


πŸ—Ώ Perfectionism Paralysis

Maybe you think that someone with perfectionism never misses a deadline. In reality, this is not the case.

Perfectionists may delay or ignore a task rather than risk doing it poorly.

Multidimensional Perfectionism Test
The Multidimensional Perfectionism Test is a scientifically-validated instrument for measuring perfectionist tendencies along multiple empirical dimensions.

Multidimensional Perfectionism Test


πŸ‘¨β€πŸ« Yale professor, Bill Deresiewicz, author of the New York Times Bestseller "Excellent Sheep" - Advice on Perfectionism

Deresiewicz's answer on how to deal with perfectionism:

  1. Self-care
  2. and perspective

He advises students to look outside their bubble and expand their group of friends.

Practical examples of How to deal with Perfectionism

  • Taking a gap year
  • Taking some time off
  • Hanging out with friends who aren't trapped by the same expectations
  • Take your attention off your fears. The more you think of the task, the more overwhelming it becomes.
  • Remember that the first 20% of your effort on a task will yield 80% of the results. Obsessing over details for hours isn't the best use of your time.

πŸ”‹πŸͺ« Personal Energy Management: Our Ability To Produce is Limited

One of the reasons we can’t meet high expectations is because we all have a limited ability to produce. Acknowledging our limitations is critical to kicking the perfectionist habit. - personalexcellence.co
graph which shows that at a certain point more input will result in negative returns
(Image: Personal Excellence)

Sources

Elite students are suffering a pandemic of perfectionism
It’s a problem that extends to professions like banking and law.
Tony Robbins Says Trying to Be Perfect Is β€˜Insane’ | Fortune
In making tough decisions, you don’t have to get everything right.
How To Overcome Perfectionism: 5 Simple Ways To Let Go and Find Freedom
Pursuing perfectionism can lead to anxiety, stress, and depression. Fortunately, these tendencies can be overcome.
The Law of Diminishing Returns - Personal Excellence
The law of diminishing returns is a concept that I learned in Economics and I find it very applicable to personal growth. Here’s what it says:

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