Perfectionism is a bit like the big brother of the fear of mistakes – the stakes, however, are much higher.
You can’t allow a single blemish, because then it wouldn’t be perfect anymore.
It takes enormous amounts of time and effort to be perfect, and the temptation to put it all off is much larger.
The cost of failure is also much higher – I’ll get to that in a moment.
Perfectionism is a killer.
That’s because perfectionism is the symptom of a very detrimental mindset.
In her book “Mindset”, Carol Dweck talks about a “fixed mindset”.
This is the belief that you can only be good at something if you have talent.
And talent expresses itself with perfect results right away.
Perfectionism is the expression of this belief.
The downside, however, is horrible. Continue reading