Perfection is the state of being flawless or lacking in any errors. Perfection is a state of mind that is completely unachievable. This is because perfection can’t be measured and is up to interpretation by each individual. You might believe one person is perfect when they think they are the complete opposite.

Striving for perfection is a recipe for disaster and here’s why:

It Causes Frustration— Constantly putting yourself and other people up to high standards only leads to frustration. This is because other people don’t understand what your level of perfection is, and really neither do you, as the bar keeps changing. Something will always be wrong if you strive for perfection, because perfection is unrealistic. There will always be something that you did not plan for.

Develops Self-doubt— Perfectionists tend to think if they are not absolutely perfect, then they are not worthy. Perfectionists often ignore what they did well and only focus on what they did wrong. This leads to disappointment, depression and other common unhealthy traits that sabotage self-confidence.

Increases Stress and Anxiety— Believing you must be perfect and everything you do must come out perfect creates a lot of stress and anxiety. Each day comes with some unexpected obstacles that can’t be planned for. This leads to you constantly dwelling on what you could have fixed, instead of what you did right. Your anxiety will also build up because you will be constantly worried whether or not it’s going to turn out okay.

Striving for the best you can do is not a negative trait. It’s when you become a perfectionist that it can be a problem. Perfectionism leads to disappointment, frustration, stress and anxiety. It is healthy to try to do the best you can, but don’t over think or stress out about the outcome. Let go, and believe you can do it, and you will see more happiness and success in your life.

Author's Bio: 

Judi Moreo is an author, speaker, and life coach. She has written 11 books including “You Are More Than Enough: Every Woman’s Guide to Purpose, Passion, and Power.” Judi can be reached at