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If you’re set on success, you’re likely to have high standards. This can be a good thing, but if you’re afraid to be anything less than perfect, those standards may end up being more of a hindrance than a help.

Does everything have to be exactly right before it’s acceptable to you? Do you struggle to forgive yourself for small mistakes and flaws? While we might think that success means being the best we can be, being set on perfection can actually undermine our performance.

The origins of perfectionism

Why are some of us so worried about getting everything right? A series of studies in the early 2000s found that one factor was our upbringing. ...

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