Cost Of Perfectionism Essay

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Perfection is often treated as a trait that is unattainable, yet we subconsciously strive to be perfect in many aspects of our lives. Working to be successful and high-achieving isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can grow out of hand when perfection is the only thought on our mind. Because of this, it is necessary to find the right balance when dealing with perfectionism. When it comes to achieving our goals, some amount of perfectionism can be very helpful. Thinking like a perfectionist boosts your motivation and spikes the amount of effort put into every activity. The combination of intense motivation and consistent high-quality work can make it quite easy to achieve any goals you may set, both in the short-term and long-term. However,…show more content…
Earning anything less than that perfect 100% wrecks the self-worth of a perfectionist, and they beat themselves up over any little mistake. This is obviously very harmful, and can lead to further problems like anxiety. Perfectionism creates a blockade in the road to self-acceptance. When people put perfect scores before mental and emotional well being, it creates long-lasting issues for them. The balance of perfectionism and happiness can be tricky, and is usually influenced by the balance between perfectionism and achieving goals. When perfectionist ideals infiltrate our minds and affect work and school, the effects of that resonate throughout our whole lives. To truly know your self-worth, your must consciously choose to accept “good enough” in school and work life. Accepting yourself for who you are is a difficult enough job as it is, but throwing perfectionism into that mix can be extremely detrimental for your health. It can even be fatal, as so many people starve themselves to death because they aren’t “perfect” in their own eyes. This is why finding a balance is so important, especially among teenagers, or it could actually have fatal results. The balance for happiness is one that must be worked on over…show more content…
Happiness is the key to perfection. Once you are truly happy with who you are and the life you have, that is when I think people have reached perfection. It’s a struggle, I won’t lie about that, and it involves all three aspects discussed here. Achieving goals, finding happiness, and maintaining self-worth all go hand in hand with each other, and it is difficult to balance one aspect with perfectionism without having the other two. They are all linked, and are all very important. But when it comes down to it, which will last a lifetime: the 100% on the paper you wrote as a teenager, or the way you can wholeheartedly love and accept yourself? “Whether that means I get straight A’s or not, all that matters is that I feel good about what I’m doing, and feel confident in every decision” (“My Life in a Nutshell and What I Think it Means” np) We as humans often get our priorities mixed up. We place vainity over kindness and perfection over happiness. But for once we should look at the things that truly matter in life and how we can better those things for
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