Why Perfectionism Is Self- Destructive

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If you want to be perfect at what you do, you are in for a long walk. Your purpose is to focus on doing your best, your very best, not on achieving perfection. Nothing is perfect.

Perfectionism is not the key to happiness, doing your best is. Perfectionism is not the key to success, doing your best is.

If we can’t be perfect, why are we pursuing it?

We do it to avoid failure, to avoid shame, to show what we can do, to please people, to raise our self-esteem, or to cover up our low- esteem.

Perfectionism is a dream that will never come true. Wherever you are, whatever you do, pursue your purpose, not perfection. According to Brene Brown, “Perfection is self- destructive simply because perfection doesn’t exist. It’s an unattainable goal. Perfection is more about perception than internal motivation, and there is no way to control perception, no matter how much time and energy we spend trying.” If you want to achieve success, focus on doing your best. If you do that, you will become your best.

“Perfectionism is self-destructive simply because it doesn’t exist.”- Brene Brown