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The Perfectionism Trap

Professional creatives are often perfectionists, and either have a sense perfection through the fear of having creative work rejected, or from the pressures of social standing.

If you aren’t a perfectionist, chances are you have met someone who adorns the label.

What is Perfectionism?

Perfectionism is the insistence of achieving complete, precise, exacting superiority with every move. Perfectionists are motivated from the aspiration of delivering completely faultless results in everything they do.

What Leads to Perfectionism?

Some believe perfectionists are born, not created. Those who began their childhoods with a willingness to disguise their perfectionist tendencies probably saw them come to life with a little introspection, and glaring motivation.

A Fierce Desire for Growth

Perfectionists who are motivated by a fierce desire for growth believes that there is no other way to accomplish an objective than to complete it perfectly. This allows them to unleash their whole personality of being the best to everyone up front and take on a steeper climb of achievement.

Sense of Insecurity

Others use perfectionism to disguise flaws and insecurities. If someone isn’t aware of their own worth, they may try and prove it by applying perfectionist attributes to everything they touch. This pushes them to prove themselves to others, usually with trophies, awards, notoriety, approvals, endorsements, compliments and accomplishments.

Social Expectations

Somewhere along the line, you have without a doubt met someone who was never expected or allowed to fall from grace. Their standard of perfectionism was either inbred through family expectations, the closets work group, or through the basic human need to be accepted by others.

Creatives Dilemma

Professional creatives are often perfectionists, and either have a sense perfection through the fear of having creative work rejected, or from the pressures of social standing.  These individuals create unrealistic goals for themselves, and apply undue stress to accomplish them no matter what the physical or emotional side effects may be.

What do you think about the topic of perfectionism? Are you a perfectionist? Do you know someone who is? What do you like best about yourself, or that person, and how can you apply those attributes to everyday life, without the “P” label?

Problems of Perfection

  • It is sterile and does not allow for charming quirks.
  • Perfectionism can be a hindrance to getting anything completed.
  • Perfection is an illusion. That which appears perfect to the viewer, is deeply flawed to the creator.
  • Perfect does not exist, what ever it is, it can always be better -thus it is not perfect.
  • Perfectionism is narcissism’s demanding uncle.
  • There is more fear than courage in perfection.
  • Perfectionism holds creatives back from taking daring artistic risks, and stifles their development.

This post needs to address how to work with perfectionists. Then it will be perfect.


Bonus Video: Brandon Burchard on Procrastination & the Perfectionist

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