Are you a perfectionist? Here’s 5 Steps to help you change.

There’s a big difference between perfectionists and high achievers… the main one being that perfectionists tend to achieve less and stress more than high achievers.

Here’s why:

1: Perfectionists accept nothing less than perfection whilst high achievers are satisfied with doing an excellent job.

2: Perfectionists are more critical of themselves and others, often picking out mistakes and imperfections. High achievers are more supportive of others.

3: Perfectionists tend to beat themselves up if they make a mistake, or don’t achieve perfection, whilst high achievers bounce back fairly quickly after disappointment.

4: Perfectionists procrastinate! They’re so fearful of failure or not meeting expectations, that they often fail to do anything at all.

5: Perfectionists often have a low self-esteem. They tend to be self critical and sometimes lonely as their perfectionism pushes others away. High achievers, on the other hand, tend to have a high self esteem and are confident in their abilities and achievements.

So what can you do about it?

In this 27 min video I give you 5 Steps to stick by:

If you’re too busy to watch that, here’s a brief overview:

  • Acknowledge that you[‘re doing it and try to determine why.
  • Conduct a “Fear Setting” exercise (explained further in the video).
  • Use positive labels for yourself, not negative ie. You currently have perfectionist behaviours that you want to (and are able to) change.
  • Adjust your self talk – be very mindful of that little voice in your head and the exact words it is using.
  • Don’t procrastinate! Set deadlines and set minimalistic tasks which are more realistic.

If you’d like me to help YOU reach your health and fitness goals, I’d love to help!

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