How quickly do you recover from mistakes? How long do you beat yourself up for them? This probably got started when you were a little kid or in your early days of school.
“Let’s not confuse what made us successful in school for what can make us successful in our careers.” – CEO Sallie Krawcheck.
One such area is perfectionism. Perfectionism got you gold stars in school, but it carries a BIG price. Being perfect on a very few, select things may be OK if you are a surgeon — but being a perfectionist is typically counterproductive. Perfectionism often produces shame since you never can achieve your own success standards, as opposed to normal regret over screwing up.
Going for the straight A average at work, like you did in school, is unrealistic. Know what is important to get an “A” — your “glass balls” that you can’t drop — and what are “rubber balls” that you can drop and they’ll survive. If you don’t, you’ll drown in your self-induced perfectionism!
Carol Keers Tip