Lately, do you set yourself up to impossibly high standards? Do you beat yourself up into doing everything precisely without any mistakes? Or do you feel that your actions are never good enough to the point you need to make everything polished? If your answer to those questions is yes, perhaps you’re suffering from perfectionism. In this article, we will discuss how to ditch perfectionism, as mentioned in Randi Braun’s book Something Major: The New Playbook for Women at Work.
Now let’s talk about perfectionism.
There’s an irony surrounding the whole concept of perfectionism. No doubt, perfectionism can be a beneficial asset one can have. It pushes us to do our best and keep mistakes, if not none, to a minimum. Who wouldn’t want their outputs and services to be perfect, right? But despite desiring it earnestly, we fail every time because it’s so out of reach. Nothing in this world is perfect. This is when the drawback of perfectionism comes into the picture when we start to punish ourselves for not attaining the expectations, we set ourselves into.
In her book, Braun tells us that sometimes perfectionism does us worse than good. It leads us into this vicious cycle wherein if we do not meet a certain standard of perfection, we beat and punish ourselves for not being good enough. The feeling of not being good enough makes us exert more effort on another task until the next mistake happens again. It’s an ongoing cycle.
Something Major tells us that it’s okay to make mistakes. Humans aren’t naturally perfect and prone to committing errors and failures. Failures make us who we are, and they leave us with valuable lessons for us to ponder. The book encourages the readers to re-examine their thought processing and look through where the mindset of perfectionism originated from. It gives assurance that even if mistakes happen, it’s not the end of the end. Let us all ditch perfectionism and move beyond our rejections and failures.
Something Major: The New Playbook for Women at Work is a self-help book by certified executive coach Randi Braun, releases this March 1 under New Degree Press. The book offers stories for women leader’s out there that are written to empower women while keeping them engaged and entertained. If you want to learn more about perfectionism, alongside other essential issues tackled in this book, make sure to grab your copy!
You can check out Something Major: The New Playbook for Women At Work on Amazon, releases this March 1 to rave reviews!