Why Chasing Perfection is Bad For You

Posted by Nicole Williams on 26 August 2016

Obsessing over perfection is not going to get you anywhere in life. After all, the more pressure you are putting onto yourself to achieve unrealistic goals, the more chance you have of letting yourself down and constantly failing to meet your own expectations will set you up for a lifetime of low self-esteem. If you want to feel proud of your professional life, it’s time to get rid of the idea of perfection and instead focus on possibilities and your own potential.

Everyone’s idea of success and happiness is different. We all have different skills, strengths and weaknesses. If our career is a race, then surely everyone's starting blocks are staggered and there should be a million different end points?

Even when we achieve our goals, there is always more we could do or ways we could be better at our tasks. Remember, your career is something you create yourself, so you should always be proud of how far you’ve come with it. Instead of looking for perfection, take enjoyment in what you’ve already got.

Another thing to remember is that apart from you, no one cares about your imperfections. After all, we all have them. The more you mention them to other people, the more attention you’re drawing to them and others will start to notice them. Having said this, it is important not to be ashamed of having flaws. Weaknesses make you human and people will feel more comfortable around you if they know you aren't judging them from atop your high horse.

Learning from your mistakes is an important part of not making them again. Being able to deal with an error and move on will make you stronger and better at what you do. Remind yourself that no one is perfect and everybody makes mistakes.

Instead of focussing on what you can’t control, focus on what you can. You have to weed out those unrealistic expectations and instead concentrate on those which lie within your potential. So instead of stressing over scenarios you can’t change, put your energy into those areas you can actually improve. The opportunity to have small wins is the best way to boost your mood and keep you feeling positive about your career.

So remember, as soon as you stop reaching for those impossible dreams, you’ll realise how many amazing possibilities are well within your reach.