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The toll of perfectionism

Perfectionism takes such a big toll in our lives – one we’ve become so accustomed to that many of us aren’t even aware that it’s not the norm. Did you know that my research among hundreds of high-achieving individuals indicates that those who strongly identify as perfectionists are:

-14% more burned out than average

-Twice as likely to be contemplating a job change due to burnout

-21% more fearful of failure than average

-14% less satisfied with the quality of their mental health

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We’re not born as perfectionists, with no ability to change. Our perfectionism has grown and evolved over time in response to so many inputs and life events. With intentionality, with a willingness to challenge deeply-held assumptions, and with experimenting with new approaches we can change in meaningful ways. I’m not saying it will be easy or that it won’t come with ups and downs, but we can work together as a supportive community to take steps in the direction of the more balanced, fulfilling, playful, and satisfied lives we want to lead.

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