Self-criticism and a focus on eliminating errors impairs one’s performance by disrupting the natural ability to demonstrate the learned skills. This leads to a vicious circle where there is a loss of confidence and further critical analysis of one’s diminishing performance.
This leads to training inefficiency and even burnout.
In fifth grade, Hailey Magee rushed home from school distraught and crying after seeing that she'd received an A-minus on her first letter grade report card. Growing up, she had learned that the way to receive validation and love from family members and teachers was to be a high achiever.
Perfectionism is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it can motivate you to perform at a high level and deliver top-quality work. On the other hand, it can cause you unnecessary anxiety and slow you down. How can you harness the positives of your perfectionism while mitigating the negatives?
We live in an era of overachievement, and in this era flaunting those achievements (we're looking at you, social media) is totally the norm. Because pretty much everyone's achievements are on full display at all times, it can be easy to get caught up in the idea that "perfect is the new black," and if you want to be successful in today's hyper-competitive culture, you need to be perfect, too.