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Break Through Perfectionism

written byRochelle Ceiraon 16/05/2015

Salvador Dali once said, “Have no fear of perfection. You will never reach it.”   

If the surrealist legend Salvador Dali considered perfection to be a ridiculous, non-attainable goal, who are we to try to obtain it? Dali may have been an obsessive, peculiar man himself, but he knew what he was talking when he said, “You will never attain it.”  

As many experts say, some forms of perfectionism are negative, debilitating, and grouped under neurotic disorders in some cases. It will hamper productivity, encourage procrastination, increase unnecessary stress, and in worst cases, cause mood swings or give root to diseases.   If you are looking for ways to rid this evil and embrace normal-ism instead, keep reading!  

Stop Waiting:
Perfectionists have a habit of waiting too long for just the “perfect moment”, “perfect schedule”, “perfect earnings” or the “perfect look.” Instead of waiting for the “perfect something”, jump into action. Go for it! Start doing what you need to do and complete the task. In most cases, the completion of the task is more important than the detail. This is true for most repetitive tasks such as household chores.  

Consider the Consequences:
Would you get penalized for not cleaning the small, visible spot on the glass table. Will someone even notice? Sometimes, the perfectionism doesn’t directly contribute to the end goal, and is therefore, a complete waste of time. For example, if you missed a spot while cleaning the table, your guests or family members probably won’t notice it. It won’t affect the end goal of having a clean table for people to eat on.  

Stop Comparing:
Sometimes, our perfectionist approach is due to competition. We want to be just like others. We want to attain what another did because we feel that we are flawed and imperfect and so assume we lack it for. This could also be someone else’s strength(s) that could be our weakness(s). Stop comparing you or your life to that of another! Focus on what you do have and choose to be content with it.  

Learn to Accept Your Mistakes:
Operate with the mindset that everyone makes mistakes and that it is okay to make mistakes. Learn to accept your mistakes, admit them, and even enjoy them. For instance, you may not be perfect in writing in-depth research journals like dissertations. Chances are that you may make many mistakes in it. Instead of overstressing yourself, you may get dissertation help online and make things easy for yourself.  

Set Attainable Goals:
Are you trying to be famous? World famous? Maybe win a Nobel Prize? It is okay to dream big, but it is also important to be realistic to prevent yourself from being overwhelmed by your enormous goal. A good way to practice this is by breaking down your goals into simpler and smaller steps that you want to achieve in a certain time frame. Remember it is important to make sure that the goal is realistic and attainable in a specific period of time.  

Notice the Good:
Just like any other relationship advice would tell you, never choose to ignore the “good” only to notice the “bad”, because obviously, no one is perfect. You may have received a B+ on your term paper because you didn’t follow a guideline. However, because of the quality of the paper, your teacher still decided to give you good grade. Don’t get lost in the negative of what happened and forget the good -- the fact that your teacher still liked the paper and gave positive remarks is key to remember.