My perfectionism has been absolutely rampant this week! I’m in the process of finalising my speaker show reel and I have been absolutely crippled with every decision being the ‘be all and end all’ over analysing everything, feeling a level of stress that’s just low enough to sustain but just high enough to be very frustrating not just to me but to my entire team and to my family.
Now, I describe myself as a recovering perfectionist because I know I will never not be a perfectionist – it’s like alcoholism, you will never not be an alcoholic. What we need, if you are indeed like me, is to put the structures, the systems, the social support and the mindset into place that enables the behavioural change we need to deal with our perfectionist ‘condition’. So what does that look like? For example, for me, this week that has meant pulling myself up, noticing the effect I’m having and doing several things.
One is to remind myself (you know I love a mantra!): Done is better than perfect! (I have that in big, bold letters on an index card, on my desk!!) Watch this video which is all about the practical strategies to liberate yourself from your perfectionism and move forward…
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