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How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 3: Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 3: Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

Welcome back, recovering perfectionists!  Are you re-thinking failure? Are you letting go of all or nothing thinking? I hope so! It can be so freeing and empowering! I had a friend several years ago post a photo of a cookie sheet full of perfectly arranged chicken nuggets with the caption, “Who does this?”  Her husband had arranged them so beautifully, and she was wondering if he was the only person in the world to do such a thing, because she…

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How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 2: Get Rid of All or Nothing Thinking

How to Overcome Perfectionism, Part 2: Get Rid of All or Nothing Thinking

“I’ll never be skinny. I just like sweets too much.” I just saw this statement from a friend on facebook not too long ago. How many of us think things like this? This is a classic perfectionist statement. And if we generalize it to include just about anything, it would sound more like this: “If I can’t do it perfectly, I might as well not do it at all.” What if we could eat sweets and still be skinny? What…

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The Illusion of Perfection

The Illusion of Perfection

If somebody told you they were going to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, you would laugh at them (at least inwardly.) But yet, when we tell ourselves that we can, and even should be perfect, we take ourselves seriously. As a recovering perfectionist, let me tell you something: Perfect is an illusion. And Perfectionism is the ultimate con artist. The line Perfectionism sells sounds something like this: “If you just try hard enough, you…

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