We often believe perfectionism plagues only over-achievers - worn like a badge of honour to complement late nights in the office. Mistaken for a means to achieve excellence, it can lead to unhealthy stress and derail your self-esteem. Fortunately, through cognitive reframing we can learn to embrace imperfect actions. Sometimes, done is better than perfect.
The issue of perfectionism is particularly relevant in today’s screen-heavy existence. The ‘Global Web Index’ indicates that we spend an average of 2.5 hours on social media daily. Inundated with the ‘highlights reel’ of those around us, we compare ourselves to the deceptively perfect lives of others. In the workplace, studies have demonstrated that perfectionist characteristics are associated with poorer decision-making, increased risk of burnout, job dissatisfaction and role stress. Such negative consequences can have a ripple effect on an organisational level as well.
Perfectionism is a force of resistance that serves to block us from taking positive action. It simultaneously carries a yearning to be great at whatever it is we are attempting to do. If we apply this spirit of excellence combined with the courage to take imperfect action we can use perfectionism to propel us forward. Use it to drive you instead of hold you back.
Utilising principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, our session will provide you
with the tools to deal with perfectionism; tackle negative thought processes and shake off your need to be faultless. Strive for excellence while also recognising the gift of imperfection.
• Accepting that everyone experiences some form of perfectionism that holds them back.
• Understanding the factors that contribute to perfectionism.
• Recognise and challenge distorted perfectionism-led thought patterns.
• Moving from maladaptive to adaptive perfectionism.