Hillary Rettig thinks it’s even worse than that!
“Perfectionism is a kind of toxic filter through which you view yourself, your work, and the world.”
Six Overarching Mistakes Perfectionists Make
- Perfectionists hold unrealistic definitions of success and punish themselves harshly for perceived failures.
- They are grandiose.
- Perfectionists prioritize product over process.
- They over-rely on external rewards and measures of success.
- Perfectionists deprecate the ordinary processes of creativity and career-building.
- They over-identify with their work.
Perfectionism is a huge barrier to productivity and actually produces procrastination. That constantly harping voice inside, the inner critic, or inner bully, immobilizes us. Anne Lamont, in Bird by Bird, calls it ”the voice of the oppressor”.
The voice of perfectionism is always wrong, and you should never listen to it. In fact, the work of overcoming procrastination is largely the work of learning to ignore it.
The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block
Therapy can help isolate and recognize the voice of the “inner bully”.
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