Perfectionists are individuals that refuse to accept any standard short of perfection. Even often at the expense of their well-being, they spend way too much time on things that make little differences in the outcome. Making decisions or completing a task might prove difficult as they are often very hard on themselves by striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high-performance standards for themselves.
This isn’t to say that perfectionism is a negative trait, but the marginal gains, when taken to an extreme, becomes an obstacle to oneself.
On the other hand, embracing imperfection has its own sets of benefits. It offers room for learning and growth. When we embrace imperfection, we are open to making mistakes and using them as a catalyst for further growth.
Perfectionists might have an all or nothing approach. It’s either you do everything well, or you don’t do it at all. Imperfection allows you to have an open and flexible mindset. You might take action and figure out solutions for the obstacles you face along the way rather than wait for the “perfect” moment.
Another downside to perfectionism is the diminishing returns from trying to perfect every little thing that might not ultimately affect what one is trying to achieve. A perfectionist might view every component within a project with equal weight, but this is often not the case for every scenario in the real world. As such, in their quest to perfect every single part, they might over-invest time and effort in non-important decisions and miss the big picture. Diminishing returns from trying to perfect every little thing that might not ultimately affect what one is trying to achieve
Instead, we should embrace imperfection or healthy perfectionism at best where our goals positively motivate us without letting the fear of failure or imperfection define us. Taking action and improving ourselves along the way while focusing on the big picture instead of fussing over the little details.