If you’ve ever wanted to impress your boss or wow your lover, you know how anxiety-provoking setting high standards for yourself can be. But imagine living this way all the time. Is it any wonder perfectionists are at such high risk for developing anxiety and depression?
Striving for perfection leaves you feeling constantly disappointed and frustrated as you fail to meet your own high standards. It also tends to increase the levels of cortisone in your blood (caused by stress) which can wreak havoc on your nervous system.
Are you a perfectionist? Signs include constantly finding fault in others, agonizing over mistakes, always needing to be right and avoiding responsibility. If so, make today the first day of your imperfect life. Do some reading, seek out a therapist—whatever it takes to start changing your self-defeating ways.
Look at it this way: Perfectionism is an impossible goal, so you’re totally wasting your time. Striving for excellence is good enough. For this lifetime anyway.