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1. Myth: Perfection is attainable. The hard reality is that perfection is an impossible and endless pursuit that will only lead to your frustration and burnout. Striving for perfection is a never-ending cycle that will likely lead to disappointment and self-doubt. The pursuit of perfection can also cause you to focus on your flaws and shortcomings rather than your strengths and accomplishments. 2. Myth: Perfection equates to success The real story is that success is subjective and personal with often little to do with being perfect. In fact, striving for perfection can actually impede your progress and success. The myth that perfection equates to success is another harmful belief associated with perfectionism. The reality is that success is subjective, and is a personal measure of achievement that has little to do with whether you are being perfect or not. 3. Myth: Perfect people are happier That “Perfect People” are happier than others is a common misconception. Happiness is not exclusively tied to perfectionism, but is more closely tied to achievement. In fact, if you have a perfectionist’s personality, you may often struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. You will not necessarily garner the success that you might think a perfectionist would have. This is partly due to the personal anxiety felt that often leads to feelings of inadequacy, self-doubt, and low self-esteem. 4. Myth: Perfection is a desirable trait Of course you want to be as perfect as you can be, but there is a distinct difference between being driven to be the best you can be, and being perfect. In fact, perfectionism can be detrimental to many things such as relationships, career advancement, and overall well-being. The constant need to be perfect can lead to a lack of authenticity and vulnerability, which can hinder the development of meaningful relationships. Perfectionism can also lead to missed opportunities and a lack of creativity in the workplace. 5. Myth: Perfectionism is a sign of high standards Having high standards and being a perfectionist are two very different animals. Perfectionism is an extreme and often unrealistic standard that can lead to negative consequences. Whereas if you have high standards then this will not only cultivate an increased level of motivation, but will also allow you to take a step back at your setbacks so you can solve the issues, instead of being destroyed by them. 6. Myth: Perfectionism is a positive motivator In actuality, being a perfectionist can tear apart much of the motivation that you have. Perfectionism can be self-defeating which could lead to procrastination, anxiety, and burnout. The constant need to be perfect can cause individuals you to focus on your mistakes rather than your accomplishments. This can lead to a lack of motivation and a sense of overwhelm. 7. Myth: Perfectionism is a necessary trait for success Now, you know that this is not the case, and that many people strive, work hard, and are very successful without being a perfectionist. You can achieve success without being perfect. You can embrace your imperfections and and learn from them. In so doing you are using your setbacks as strengths. By looking at the things that do not work out, evaluating your situation, and moving ahead with increased motivation, you are able to reach success by using your imperfections. So, if you want to be “Perfect”, that’s a great goal. Just don’t expect to reach it. Also, be able to forgive yourself when you don’t.

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