Do you sometimes feel like you are not good enough? Do you find yourself striving for perfection in everything you do? If so, you’re not alone. In this episode, I’m interviewing Cadence Robertson to discuss what makes us a perfectionist and how our beliefs play a crucial role in the process. She shares valuable insights on how to navigate and overcome these tendencies. So let me share my key takeaways from this episode:

Takeaway #1: Perfectionism is rooted in fear and limiting beliefs.

Cadence highlights that perfectionism often stems from fear—fear of judgment, embarrassment, failure, or rejection. These fears can be deeply ingrained in our beliefs, shaped by various factors such as societal expectations, upbringing, or personal experiences. Understanding the underlying fears and beliefs is the first step to unraveling the perfectionist mindset. This takes introspection and sometimes working with someone or having a good friend who can point out what they are noticing when you share about your struggles.

Takeaway #2: Journaling is a powerful tool to expose and challenge perfectionist thoughts.

Both Cadence and I talked about the effectiveness of journaling in identifying and challenging perfectionist thoughts. If we don’t get it out of our minds, we can’t explore it. By putting thoughts on paper, we can gain clarity on recurring patterns and beliefs that contribute to perfectionism. This helps you question and reshape the thoughts that are keeping you stuck in needing things to be perfect. Once we can face and challenge these, it ultimately leads to a healthier mindset.

Takeaway #3: Shift your focus and build self-confidence to combat perfectionism.

Cadence shares her personal experience with perfectionism, particularly the recurring thought that people might leave her. She emphasizes the importance of shifting perspectives and building self-confidence to combat these intrusive thoughts. By recognizing how irrational certain beliefs are and focusing on what is true, we can develop a more resilient mindset and reduce the impact of perfectionism on our relationships.

Overcoming perfectionism involves understanding the underlying fears and beliefs, utilizing tools like journaling for self-awareness, and actively shifting perspectives to build self-confidence. While perfectionism may not completely disappear, adopting these strategies can lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life. Remember, finding a neutral guide, such as a coach or therapist, can be instrumental in this journey, providing support and insights to navigate the challenges of perfectionism.

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