How perfectionism can hold you back in your career

They say it is a good strategy to answer “I’m a perfectionist”, whenever a job interviewer asks what is your personality defect. Although perfectionism may seem as one of the most desirable features of an employee, it may soon turn into a nightmare for the person who continuously sets high standards for his professional life. Evaluating themselves by whether or not they’re meeting these standards of perfection is both impossible to attain and exhausting.  According to a recent research, perfectionism can lead to workaholism and, in extreme cases, to an increased risk of suicide. As a matter of fact, it is a logic problem. Once the perfectionist is setting goals impossible to achieve, the level of frustration will exponentially increase, causing issues like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and other issues. Here are some powerful strategies to get rid of the attitude that can hold you back in your career and can ruin the time management, due to the perfectionist’s tendency to analyze every detail over and over:

Abandon your previous thinking patterns.

On a psychological level, perfectionism’s roots lie in  the fear of not being perfect all the time or a fear of making mistakes at work. Once the perfectionist succeeds to identify some of the thinking patterns, he actually becomes less and less perfectionist. The all-or-nothing or double-standards thinking are common to those who set high standards for every task they do. Instead, a more reasonable attitude towards everyday tasks is preferable and this will increase the level of satisfaction.

Setting the priorities in a different way is another strategy to get rid of stubbornness and perfectionism.

Let’s suppose someone wants to lose 50 pounds following a strict diet. Setting this precise goal will lead to sheer frustration if one cannot attain it. A great strategy is to focus on taking the actions that will lead to the weight loss one desires, such as exercising regularly and eating healthfully.

Don’t be afraid of imperfection.

Overcoming perfectionism is same thing with overcoming the fear of not being perfect. In order to get rid of the perfectionist attitude, which can hold you back, try to practice  imperfect acts on a daily basis, such as  sending an unimportant email message with a minor mistake. This simple act will show you that a little bit of  imperfection now and then cannot harm. On the contrary, it will make you look like a human being. It is the same principle as if one faces his deepest fear. Following these simple strategies will increase your level of optimism, because setting goals that are more likely to be achieved will make you a happier person.