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Perfectionist

Coming to Terms With the Unexpected

Jacklyn Fetbroyt | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Jacklyn Fetbroyt

What I needed was some give, some flexibility, a cushion... some forgiveness. It came in the form of my second son.

Supermom Has Retired

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Jenny G. Perry

I have more junk drawers than the normal person and plan on dying with at least two active junk drawers.

Why I've Always Been A Perfectionist During The Holidays

Susan Pace | Posted 02.18.2014 | Fifty
Susan Pace

My daughter loves to post this photo around the holiday every year as her profile picture on Facebook. That's me. This isn't staged. I'm not drunk. I just used to be intoxicated on perfection. It's a great reminder of what happens when that is your goal during the holidays.

5 Ways To Let Go Of Perfection At The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living

If you’re a perfectionist, chances are the impending aroma of turkey and the sound of jingle bells makes you a little bit nervous. Whether it’s yo...

Learning From Failure -- How to Transition From Being Less of a Perfectionist to More of an Optimalist

Sarina Tomel | Posted 12.23.2013 | College
Sarina Tomel

Once we master the lesson of learning from failure, we can persevere and come back stronger, more tolerant and disciplined, more successful, more flex...

What Is Perfectionism Really Hiding?

OWN | Posted 10.05.2013 | OWN

What is perfectionism really about? Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor and bestselling author who has studied shame and vulnerability for more tha...

Want Control of Your Life?

Erica Ariel Fox | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Erica Ariel Fox

Your inner negotiators bring their own styles and goals to the table. Your job is to negotiate with yourself -- with the competing parts inside of you -- and bring them to some resolution.

Julie-Ann Tathem, M.A.: 'How Does Feeling Guilty Serve Me?' Permission to Experience Joy When Perfect Doesn't Exist

Julie-Ann Tathem | Posted 11.11.2013 | Women
Julie-Ann Tathem

Does feeling guilty on its own make you a better mother, father, spouse? Does it help with your performance on the job or in advancing your career? Probably not.

Confessions of a Perfectionist

Ashley Ryan | Posted 10.21.2013 | Women
Ashley Ryan

I spent many years living in the shadow of the perfect woman. When we put energy into being what we're not, we often lose precious people and moments along the way. Moments we can never get back -- and sometimes relationships that can't be mended.

How to Be Less Than Perfect

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 10.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

The constant need to make things even better and the obsessing over things can be exhausting and can wreak havoc on one's mood.

10 Beliefs That Undercut Your Happiness

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

These deeply-held beliefs and faulty assumptions prevent us from putting ourselves out there and taking risks, strategies that happy people rely on to succeed. They also prevent us from having those tough conversations, whether with ourselves or with important people in our lives.

Julie Jensen: Life Re-imagined: Survive to Thrive

Julie Jensen | Posted 08.18.2013 | Women
Julie Jensen

I'm sure I'd still be searching for fulfillment if I didn't receive a wake-up call on September 30, 2004. I was 26 when I was wheeled into the ER and a nurse asked if I knew what was happening. "I think I had a stroke," I muttered. "Ma'am, you are HAVING a stroke."

Struggling With Perfectionist Parenting

Brenda Rothman | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Brenda Rothman

I love this kid. Thank you, Jack. Thank you, life. Thank you for showing me the beauty in everyday things, the beauty in the cracks that make me who I am and the beauty in every soul.

Are You A Perfectionist? Relax -- Here's How To Give Yourself A Break

Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living

By Danielle Hark for YouBeauty Perfection is impossible by sheer definition. Yet we strive for it and berate ourselves when we fall short. It's oka...

Say 'Enough is Enough' to Self-Doubt

Lisa Cleary | Posted 07.14.2013 | Women
Lisa Cleary

While I'll never not be a perfectionist, I do know that I'm good enough for a lot of people. My mom, my family, my friends, my coworkers and my boyfriend all love me for who I am.

Is This Getting In The Way Of Your Success?

Bob Sullivan | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Bob Sullivan

Do you dwell on small mistakes for hours, days, or even weeks after they occur? Are you crushed when someone points out a small flaw in your work? Have you ever spent four hours fine-tuning a task that could have been completed in 10 minutes?

The 5 Keys to the Death of Perfect

Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Randy Kamen Gredinger, Ed.D

Repeating the affirmation "progress, not perfection" will help you to create an attitudinal shift that will better equip you to accept your own limitations as well as those of your family members, friends, and coworkers.

How Our Obsession With Perfections Makes Us So Imperfect

Merissa Bury | Posted 03.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Merissa Bury

This idea of perfection -- no flaws, no issues, no problems -- seems to infiltrate all our lives at one time or another. And like the yearning for perfection in the workplace, we also yearn for perfection in other aspects of our lives.

How to Allocate Your Time, and Your Effort

Elizabeth Grace Saunders | Posted 03.12.2013 | Small Business
Elizabeth Grace Saunders

I was a straight-A student through college who did whatever it took to produce work at a level that would please my professors. The rules changed when I started my own business over seven years ago. I realized that doing A-work in everything limited my success.

Confessions of a Perfectionist

Ashley Ryan | Posted 03.09.2013 | Parents
Ashley Ryan

At work, I get emails from wonderful, incredible, women and mothers who feel isolated, anxious and depressed. They feel under-appreciated and live with an invisible wall of pressure to be the perfect woman, mother and wife.

New Year's and You: 6 Ways to Not Let Perfectionism Push You Over the Resolution Cliff

Tamar Chansky | Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

January is not the problem. It's us. Well, our perfectionism, to be specific. Our all-or-none thinking frames our life so that if we're not succeeding every second, we're failing. Nobody wants that. But nobody can be that "perfect" person either.

Silencing The Inner Perfectionist: Try These Affirmations

Michael_Eisen | Posted 02.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael_Eisen

I believe that perfection is actually an illusion that we created and is based on the fear that we would no longer evolve as humans if something wasn't pushing us to be better. But what if evolution were to come from our desire to learn and grow instead of to get ahead?

The Tyranny Of Trying To Do It Perfectly: 6 Ways To Overcome Perfectionism

Helene Lerner | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Lerner

With holiday tasks to accomplish, work projects to be finished, and family obligations to be met, realize that something has got to give. Perhaps it's time for it to be your perfectionism.

3 Magic Tips To Experience Your Perfect Life

Russell Bishop | Posted 02.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Russell Bishop

The main challenge with perfection is that perfection almost always lies just out of reach, sort of the impossible dream that can't be had. Indeed, perfection cannot be had, at least now how you might typically think about it; however, it can be experienced.

Are You a Perfectionist?

Nancy Deville | Posted 02.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Deville

If you're fed up with feeling crazed, you might want to consider admitting how exhausting, depleting, and defeating your quest for perfection is, and that no matter how perfect you become, you will never satisfy your own critical voice. Perfectionists often set self-defeating goals.