Why is perfectionism a weakness

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Why is perfectionism a weakness

Why is perfectionism a weakness? Isn't it great to be perfect or to do things perfectly?

Striving for perfection is not a bad thing but if your journey for seeking perfection robbed your self esteem then certainly your perfectionism will be considered a weakness.

In my previous article How perfectionism holds you back i explained how perfectionists keep losing their self confidence gradually as a result of not doing some tasks perfectly.

The world we live in is not perfect and as a result most tasks can't be done perfectly and this is why perfectionism turns into a weakness instead of being a good trait.

Whenever a perfectionist fails to do a task perfectly he will think that he is not worthy because according to his beliefs a task that was not done perfectly is a task that was not done properly.

Reasons why perfectionism is a weakness

Perfectionists became that way because deep inside them they don't feel that worthy and that's why they try to cover their traits by doing everything perfectly. In such a case perfectionism is certainly a weakness because it reveals the low self esteem of the perfectionist.

The second reason that makes perfectionism a weakness is that it sometimes leads to procrastination. A perfectionist might refrain from doing a certain task because of the fear of not being able to do it perfectly.

The third reason that makes perfectionism a weakness is that it slows down the person dramatically. The task that could be completed in 2 hours can take up to 5 or even 6 hours when done by a perfectionist because of his fear of doing it imperfectly.

Does being a perfectionist means that you are weak?

No that is not true, even if perfectionism is a weakness you can't consider yourself weak because perfectionism is a trait that can certainly be changed. In the Solid Self confidence program i said that self confidence is no more than a set of beliefs that a person has about himself and his abilities.

If you can change these beliefs then certainly your behavior will be changed as a result. Perfectionism can only be considered a weakness if you ignored these facts and kept moving in the same direction but if you took the right steps to build your self confidence then perfectionism will never hold you back.

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