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Perfection Paralysis

Perfection paralysis describes the state you find yourself in when you’re desperate to reach 200 percent of your potential, yet you only manage zero percent . Salvador Dali said that you must rule out the idea of perfection from your mind because you’ll never achieve it.


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Fear of failure

Perfection paralysis is defined by the immobilizing fear of the failure of not reaching your own expectations, as well as those of others . In fact, when you’re approached to carry out a task or project at work, you might say to yourself, “I’m going to give 110% and produce something that’s absolutely perfect”.

However, what actually happens is that you become paralyzed by stress. Fear of failure stops you, and you’re unable to come up with any creative and innovative ideas.


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Where does the need for perfection come from?

There are various hypotheses. These are:

  • Much of the desire for perfection comes from your education and upbringing.
  • On the other hand, there are factors like lack of self-confidence and work overload.
  • Another frequent factor occurs within organizations. Sometimes, when a leader faces the challenge of making a decision concerning a particular problem, they might find themselves faced with piles of information and dozens of possible strategies.


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How to handle perfection paralysis

Feeling immobilized, stressed, scared, worried, and even exhausted. Perfection paralysis subjects you to a psychological state in which you feel debilitated, unproductive, and distressed. In fact, it doesn’t matter how talented and skilled you are when you’re driven by this kind of fear and anxiety.


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Three strategies to reduce perfection paralysis

  1. Relax and look at the bigger picture. Because if there’s one mistake that people obsessed with perfection always make, it’s obsessing over details to the extent that they lose perspective.
  2. Another basic and essential resource is to improve your self-confidence. Be kind to yourself and believe in your own capabilities.
  3. Stop obsessing. Thinking negative thoughts and senselessly turning things over and over in your mind creates the perfect recipe for perfection paralysis.


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