If you don’t believe me, take a look at some of the proven ways of perfectionism, or believing you have to be number one at something, can hurt you rather than help you.#1 Failure to start
Perfectionists are plagued with this someday syndrome. They think too much about what they want to do, so much so that they never actually begin. They never take that first step because what if it’s not right? They sit on their ideas and their dreams for months to years, letting their fear of imperfection decide for them what their life will be like.#2 Inability to see anything you have finished as truly complete
Sure, you might publish that blog post or turn in work, but you never release that project from your mind. You never mark it off as being done and completed. You go back to it, and you think of ways that you should or could have improved on that situation whether it be in how you played the instrument or how you should have served that ball better in Volleyball. You carry all those what-ifs with you, and as the accomplishments in your life continue to build, you never celebrate. Instead, you carry all those questions with you of what you could have done, which inhibits your ability to move forward and try something new.#3 Inability to finish
There are thousands of potential entrepreneurs out there who will never own a business because of their fear of failure. There are thousands of books left unpublished on laptops that will never have someone else read them for the fear that those eyes might not like what they see. Sure, some of those books and some of those businesses might have failed if they had ever gotten the chance to get started, but not starting them is a failure in and of its self. It’s a failure by not taking action. Don’t let yourself not finish something because you’re afraid you won’t be good enough. Don’t let your perfectionism overrule the joy of learning how to play chess or learning how to play an instr...