powerful quotes liberate perfectionism

Previously, I discussed perfectionism – the need to be perfect or appear to be perfect, or even have the mindset that perfection is possible – as one of the common traits of unhappy people. I would like to follow it up with some powerful quotes that can liberate you from the stranglehold of perfectionism.

But, first, let’s take a brief look at some of the drawbacks of perfectionism.

  • It creates fear and leads to procrastination
  • It is defeatist and can cause inertia
  • It causes us to be too self-critical
  • It stifles creativity and sucks joy out of the process
  • Ultimately, perfectionism causes anxiety, stress, and depression.

“Don’t let perfectionism become an excuse for never getting started.”
Marilu Henner

“Perfectionism rarely begets perfection, or satisfaction – only disappointment.”
Ryan Holiday

“Embrace being perfectly imperfect. Learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself, you’ll be happier.”
Roy Bennett

“We must understand the need for perfectionism is a corrosive waste of time, because nothing is ever beyond criticism. No matter how many hours you spend to render something flawless, somebody will always be able to find fault with it.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

“Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough – that we should try again.”
Julia Cameron

“Perfectionism is really a challenge for me, and it causes me to be super-critical of myself in so many ways: about body image constantly; about parenting; about being a mother.”
Jennifer Nettles

“There is a very thin line of difference between a Pessimist and a Perfectionist. Both are scared to fail, strive for ideal but the only think unlike in the two is- Pessimist thinks it will last forever and Perfectionist knows it won’t.”
Jasleen Kaur Gumber

“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.”
George Orwell

“Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.”
Anne Wilson Schaef

“The problem in a perfect valley between the ugly mountains is this: Perfection can be boring and one can climb ugly mountains to feel happy!”
Mehmet Murat Ildan

Perfectionism rarely begets perfection, or satisfaction – only disappointment

“Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you go, and fix it along the way.”
Paul Arden

“Perfectionism kills art. I find that if I criticise myself, it spoils the fun. You can get paralysed by analysis – it takes all the playfulness away.”
Geri Halliwell

“When things are perfect, that’s when you need to worry most.”
Drew Barrymore

“Every master was once a beginner. Every pro started as an amateur. Every icon began as an unknown.”
Robin Sharma 

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”
Brene Brown

“Perfectionism becomes a badge of honor with you playing the part of the suffering hero.”
D Burns

“If you wait for things to be perfect, you walk away with nothing. Just jump in and get started.”
Jennifer Ritchie Payette

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”
Ecclesiastes 11:4

“Flaws are what make us human. Accepting our flaws and forgiving ourselves for our mistakes and reconciling those conflicting parts of ourselves is crucial to our health and happiness.”
Michelle C. Kuei

“At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of failure. Fear of success.”
Michael Law

There you are: powerful quotes to liberate you from perfectionism.
Hope you’ve been inspired?
What is your favourite quote or thought on perfectionism? Please share in the comments.

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