The Perfection Paradox
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When I need to make a decision or take action on something, I
Need to collect more information before acting, even if that means delaying indefinitely
Usually double and triple check my analysis before taking action
Review the information available and apply my skills and knowledge to move forward
When I have something to do, I
Get right to it so I can move on to the next thing
Put it off for a while until the timing is better or I’m in the right mood
Wait until the last minute – I work better under pressure
When thinking about my reputation and relationships with others, I believe I
Tend to downplay my skill and expertise, or use self-deprecating humor to try to reduce expectations others may have of me
Have a healthy blend of humility, confidence and self-esteem
Am constantly in fear of being discovered as a fraud or an imposter in the midst of “more competent people”
When I have to complete a challenging task, I
Give it my all, and if it doesn’t work out or go my way, I use it as a learning experience and try again
Am concerned I won’t be up to the task and will fall short
Worry that my result won’t be good enough so I don’t try or quit before I’m done
When the party ends and the guests go home for the night, I
Can’t go to bed until I’ve completely cleaned the house and thrown away the trash
Clean up any spills, make sure the food’s put away, and round up some of the remnants, but finish cleaning tomorrow
Might remember to put the cold stuff away before I hit the sack, but the rest can wait until morning.
When I need to assign a task or chore to someone else, I
Make sure they understand what’s expected and support them so they can get it done
Hope they understand what I want, but expect it to take several attempts to get it right
Might as well just do it myself, that way I know it will be exactly what I want
When faced with a challenging situation, I am seen as
A devil’s advocate, pointing out what might go wrong, but hoping it doesn’t
Negative-nelly, always pointing out everything that could go wrong so we don’t waste time trying and failing
Someone who provides valuable insight into the pros and cons so we are better prepared
When I do something
I am usually disappointed in myself and think I should have done better
I am happy when I’ve done my best, even if others appear to have done better
If my results aren’t good enough for me, I start over and try again to improve on them
The statement that best describes me is
I pay attention to detail, and like things orderly and organized, but get things done and keep moving forward
No matter how hard I work or what I do, it’s never good enough and neither am I
I am my own worst critic and am very hard on myself, often making multiple revisions or corrections before I can complete a task and move on
When it comes to personal goals or expectations, I
Make them challenging, but allow enough time and resources to realistically accomplish them
Set them so high I almost never accomplish them, no matter how much time or money I spend
Usually don’t give myself enough time or resources to accomplish them as well as I’d like
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