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5 Challenges for Perfectionists Around Work


5 Challenges for Perfectionists Around Work

Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? There is a good chance that you could be one, at least to a degree.
Perfectionists are a lot like high achievers, but with some key differences, and these differences are important, as perfectionists tend to experience more stress.

Here are the common traits of Perfectionists:

  • Tend to set high goals and work hard toward them, however unsatisfied with anything less than a perfectly met goal see as a failure
  • Tend to beat themselves up when their high expectations go unmet
  • Focus on results rather than enjoying the process of reaching a goal
  • Fear of not reaching the goal instead of having a strong desire to achieve them
  • Set their initial goals out of reach, either unrealistic or unreasonable
  • Sometimes put off things until the last minute
  • Being critical and judgmental of themselves and others

Do you find any of these sounds familiar? If you see some of these perfectionist traits in yourself, it’s ok, recognizing that a change is needed is a very important first step toward creating a more easy-going nature and achieving inner peace and real success.

Question What You Believe

Know that things that upset you are all our your thoughts. To question what you believe is an amazing gift to give yourself. Rather than holding on to it for your whole life.

Here are some common thoughts of most perfectionists that they have during work. This is an opportunity to discover the cause of your stress and emotions at certain moments. Are you ready to dive into yourself? Take these 5 challenges now if you are ready:

1. “I have to get this done today.”

Challenge: Question is it true that you really have to get this done today?

Do you always push yourself too hard to get something done quickly? Is this goal achievable and reasonable within that time frame? See if you need to adjust your expectation and enjoy the fun of going a little further once goals are reached.
Especially when there is something more urgent and important comes up, you can always make yourself flexible around things.

2. “I don’t have enough time.”

Challenge: Forget about the time

Have you been checking the time too often? Do you think that you don’t have enough time to finish something? What is TIME anyway? It’s created by the person himself. The only time that matters is NOW. When you immerse yourself in doing something, you are fully focussed and you can experience flow.

3. “I am never satisfied with how much work I have done.”

Challenge: Appreciate How Much You Have Achieved

You can be satisfied with doing a great job, even if your very high goals aren’t completely met. Why not enjoy the process while working instead of stressing about the output? Make a checklist of what you need to do, once a task is checked, give yourself a break in between work. Appreciate your great work and celebrate your effort with something that you enjoy doing by the end of the day!

4. “I can’t do it.”

Challenge: Appreciate How Much You Have Achieved

Do you overthink how the work should be done? Do you always over-complicate doing certain things? What we can do is that we can break the task down, and write down each step of action to make the tasks manageable.
If something gets in your way of doing a certain work, e.g. you can hardly manage how other people involve, or you find some mental blockages stop you from achieving your goal. Instead of feeling frustrated, the best way is to stop and ask yourself “Is there another way of doing it?”
E.g. You want to start doing an online webinar, but you find that it’s too hard to speak in front of the camera. You can try to talk it out loud with someone first? Remember our mind functions the best when we are relaxed and we can achieve much more in the relaxed state.

5. “I am not doing good enough.”

Are you obsessed about your work not being good enough? If you think so, people will take you very much at your own reckoning.
The author William Feather says “If you do the best you can, you will find nine times out of ten, that you have done as well as or better than anyone else.” So, do praise yourself for the good work and keep improving what’s needed along the way.

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