High achievers set high standards for themselves and work energetically to achieve excellence, but their whole sense of self-worth is not dragged down if they don’t meet those standards perfectly.
People who are perfectionistic have unrealistically high expectations for their own performance, but take little joy in their accomplishments because their results are never quite good enough. This means that sometimes they avoid taking on certain challenges because they fear they can’t do them perfectly. Unlike high achievers who enjoy the ‘flow’ of marshalling their strongest skills, stretching towards a challenge, and doing the best they can with the time and energy they have, perfectionists focus only on the goal and find the hard work and long hours exhausting and the results imperfect.
If you suspect that you may be a perfectionist or you live or work with a perfectionist, taking this course will decrease your stress and increase your enjoyment of your work and your life.
- Identify perfectionistic tendencies in yourself or others
- Understand the drawbacks of having unrealistically high expectations
- Turn your internal bully into your cheerleader
- Understand why a perfectionistic leader is often a poor delegator and difficult to work with or for
- Recognize that the best employees eventually leave a perfectionistic boss
- Accept that procrastination and perfectionism tend to go hand in hand
- Work productively with a perfectionistic boss or coworker
- Live happily with a perfectionistic spouse or adolescent
- Set challenging but realistic goals
- Do a cost-benefit analysis of perfectionism
- See mistakes and constructive criticism as helpful feedback
- Learn several strategies for coping with perfectionistic tendencies
- Understand extreme perfectionism leads to high anxiety, frustration, fear of failure, and exhaustion
- Recognize the high cost of perfectionism on your work, health, relationships, and family
WHO WILL BENEFIT
Managers, team leaders, and professionals who want to work and or live more happily with a perfectionistic boss, co-worker, spouse, or adolescent – OR – managers, team leaders, or professionals who suspect they might have perfectionistic tendencies and would like to know how to overcome those tendencies… and evolve into healthy, happy high achievers.