We’re surrounded by a culture that glorifies perfectionism. Each day we’re subtly encouraged to polish everything to a mirror shine, from our personal appearances to our professional performances, as though flawlessness is the ultimate yardstick of success.
After all, who wouldn’t want to be perfect? It’s a virtue and a strength that everyone should strive to achieve.
But here’s the truth: this relentless pursuit of perfection can create a less visible, but more damaging scenario.
Picture a budding entrepreneur, forever fine-tuning their business plan, waiting for that “perfect” moment to launch their venture, which never comes. Imagine a parent who is obsessed with finding the best ways to raise their child but paralyzed from the fear of making mistakes. Perfectionist paralysis can have a crippling effect on a person.
This article explores strategies to overcome the perfectionist paralysis that can hinder you in your personal as well as professional life.
What is Perfectionist Paralysis (PP)?
Perfectionist paralysis can be defined as the fear of not being able to complete a task because you are obsessed with getting everything perfect.