These are 15 common traits that would describe a perfectionist. Do any of those ring true to you?
- You have no free time
- No achievement is ever enough
- You rarely give yourself credit when you do well because there’s always something more you could do
- You blame yourself if things aren’t done just right
- You can’t stand it when other people don’t do things your way
- You don’t trust others to do as good a job as you do
- You have to do more and more in order to feel accepted by others
- You are critical of others
- You can’t open up to other people
- You procrastinate
- You’re so afraid of failing that you never get started
- If you can’t do something perfectly then there is no point even trying
- You take everything personally
- You get defensive when criticised
- Sometimes you are so concerned about getting one task done perfectly that you don’t have time to complete the rest of your work.
Perfectionism is often driven by shame and fear. It’s a mask that struggle with perfectionism wear so as to receive their self-worth from others through their flawless execution and performance.
It says that you are no enough. How to let go of this mask and renouce the voice of perfectionism? I’ve started a whole series on it.
Part 1: Is perfectionism holding you back