How to Root Out Perfectionism by Digging Down to Its Roots

When you’re ready to root out perfectionism, it’s important to seize the moment. So, if you feel thwarted by perfectionistic energy in your life, let’s get started. The best place to start to root out perfectionism is by looking more closely at the verbal and nonverbal messages you received growing up. As you come to…

Excellent or Perfect? How You Answer Really Matters

Is it excellent or perfect? What you think about this question, and where you draw the line, makes a huge difference in your life. Maybe you are wondering, today, whether your desire for excellence is healthy or something that steals your time and peace of mind. Here are some considerations to help you explore what…

Fear of Mistakes and Perfectionism — How to Let Go and Live

Fear of mistakes is a time thief that slows you down and keeps you from exploring, innovating, and learning as you go. And it’s a fear that is a powerful fuel for perfectionism. I speak from experience, as I’m a recovering perfectionist. And what that means in practice is that I’m inclined to check and…

Refuse to Feed Habits That Don’t Serve You — And Win

Finding time becomes easier, and more enjoyable, too, when you refuse to feed habits that don’t serve you.  These are habits that steal your time and block your success at every turn.   I’m talking about habits like denial and procrastination and, yes, perfectionism, too. Simply put, they are destructive and dangerous. You see, the…

Don’t Let Your Pursuit of Excellence Tip into Perfectionism…Online or Off

The pursuit of excellence is a worthy goal and one that many successful people set for themselves. Indeed, making time to be the best that you can be and give yourself the best tools to get you there is worth striving for every day. However, as many of us may have learned the hard way, the…

Don’t Let Perfectionistic Poison Steal and Sully Your Moments

Does perfectionistic poison ruin your moments? If so, the first challenge is to recognize it. Only when you see it can you apply the antidote. But here’s the problem; if you desperately want to be perfect, self-diagnosis can feel excruciatingly painful and difficult. It’s challenging to identify your desire to please and see how it…

Perfectionism – How It Distorts and Poisons

I recently heard a story that shines a light on the cost of perfectionism in a new way. It opened my eyes to an effect of this time thief that had not occurred to me before. A friend and colleague told me about a situation years ago when she was doing an annual review with…