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The Hidden Costs of Perfectionism

Written by Melissa D. Cope on Monday, 13 June 2016. Posted in Perfectionism, Business Coaching, Business Leadership, Main Blogroll Page

On the outside, perfectionists seem to have it all together. And we do, but what other people don't realize, is how much we give up to maintain the illusion of perfection.

Perfectionism: Thief of Time, Joy & Success

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The first thing we give up is time. In order to make sure everything is perfect we work and re-work every thought and action, over and over and over again. We do this on the front and back end of every encounter with someone or before and after we complete a task. If we are not strategizing and trying to control what happens prior, we are replaying what did happen, over and over again in our mind.

The second thing we give up is Joy. Perfectionists don’t know the meaning of the word – spontaneous. We are worried about how we look, how we sound, what others will think. We worry about what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow. Living in Joy requires living in the present moment and we simply don’t have time for that.

The third thing we give up is success. The minute we achieve something, the bar gets moved higher or farther out. There is no such thing as success. There is always a way to improve. In the end we use up more of our precious time, beating ourselves up about how we could have done or said it differently (and by differently I mean better). And the cycle continues.

Are you tired of giving away some of the most fulfilling things in life, in your unending pursuit of perfection?

If so get in touch with me to talk about a complimentary strategy session to talk about ways to reclaim the time, joy and success you deserve.

 

About the Author

Melissa D. Cope

Melissa D. Cope

Melissa holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mt. Holyoke College, graduated from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy, and trained at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She currently lives in Asheville, NC.

Business Coaching is an expression of Melissa's passion to share the pitfalls and strategies she learned while starting up two small businesses. Her ultimate goal is to help you conquer fear, worry and overwhelm so that you can have more clarity, flow and income in your business.

As your Business Coach, Melissa puts to work her extensive training with iPEC - one of the premiere coach training institutions in the U.S. Focused on solopreneurs and small business coaching, she teaches you how to tap into your unique strengths and gifts so that at the end of the day you feel more energized and fulfilled!

 

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