How to Develop a Healthier Outlook and Learn to Be Perfectly Imperfect
You may not see how pervasive perfectionism can be. Becoming more aware of your patterns, you’re in a better position to alter them.
To do that, you can record your perfectionistic thoughts and go over them later writing down what you thought at the time.
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Try to identify things you avoided due to fear of failure and situations where your perfectionism wasn’t worth it or moments where you did well despite being uncertain.
Talk honestly and openly to someone about your tendencies and how you’re working on getting better.
Ask them to tell you when you are being too fussy about something so you can think about it.