HBR on Perfectionism

Harvard Business Review’s How Perfectionists Can Get Out of Their Own Way by Alice Boyes:

Perfectionist are guilty of:

“Struggling to make decisions or take action. Perfectionists are motivated to make the absolute best choice — even when doing so isn’t strictly necessary. This can lead to decision paralysis.”

What to do:

  • Learn from successes…By reflecting on the pathways that led to your successes, you’ll be able to see that you achieved a meaningful end despite not doing everything completely flawlessly or being 100% certain of success in advance.”
  • “You can also identify non-perfectionistic, but successful, role models and colleagues — how are they able to be effective without succumbing to perfectionism? Observe what they do and learn from it.”