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Grind Tip: Keep Your Eye on Success, Not Perfection


Striving for perfection is horribly taxing on anyone, and especially the 41 percent of you who identify yourselves as overachievers. It's one thing to want to be the best we can be in every aspect of our lives, but it's another to never be satisfied without absolute perfection. Instead of just focusing on the one thing that could be improved on a project the next time around, force yourself to step back and acknowledge a successful outcome when it's apparent you've done a good job.

Beating yourself up for one thing when everyone else is looking at the bigger picture is a tell-tale sign that you are a perfectionist. Behavioral change agent Liz Bywater has a useful tip for anyone who falls in to this camp: Strive for success, not perfection. She knows that perfectionists often fail to recognize their successes and advises, "Do your job well, really well, and your achievements will be recognized and rewarded."

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