Are you one of those that goes beyond job fulfillment to the point of obsessing over perfection?
Firstly, perfection is unobtainable and secondly, striving for perfection is only as good as realising that you need to control how great you can be.
If you are setting high standards and aiming to maintain them, then that dedication will help you achieve the desired results.
However, do you find that you’re unable to finish what you’ve started? Then you’re becoming obsessive, and it will stop you from achieving your potential.
Here are some tips to realise when perfectionism can be harmful:
Endless tasks: Perfection stymies the chance to move on. You find work never ends as you obsess over the smallest details, constantly assessing the job, rather than closing it.
Procrastinate: If you’re waiting for the perfect moment, it will never come. Refocus and keep it simple, rather than obsess over the complexities of a job.
Overkill: If you’re constantly adding more to a project and obsessing over the minor details, not only are you on overkill. Less is always more, so step back and see the bigger picture.
Pessimist: Over analysing negative views will stop you seeing the positives in a project. Seeking perfection will stop you from being or accepting who you are.
You need to strive to be a healthy perfectionist who has their feet on the ground. By being aware of your aspiration for perfection, you can draw a line and set limits.