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Perfectionists are likely to achieve less, suffer from anxiety and have more stress than focussed high achievers.
Perfectionism: 8 signs that you may be a perfectionist.

Are your own expectations causing havoc with your emotional wellbeing?   

Are you telling yourself:  

  • I don’t know when to stop. 
  • Have I done enough? 
  • I’m going to mess this up. 
  • Am I smart enough? 
  • Can I do this? 
  • Am I enough? 
  • That’s too risky. 
  • Can I control this? 
  • I’m so frustrated 
  • That’s too hard – I’ll do it tomorrow. 
  • What will they think of me? 

If you had these thoughts, there is a high chance Perfectionism is speaking to you! 


There’s nothing wrong with exploring the idea as we want to play to our own standards.
It’s healthy for us to be aware when that ‘needle on the dial’ starts heating up and heads towards a red flag sign that ultimately will cost us our energy and our vitality.


We take an overview of eight signs where ‘OZI’ may come out to play in your O-ZONE (Over-Zone) so we can be mindful and aware of our ‘OVERS’ and ‘UNDERS’. 




Refusal to accept any standard short of perfection.  

 We know that perfectionism is more than pushing yourself to do your best to achieve a goal;  

Perfectionism is a reflection of our inner self, entangled & trapped in anxiety.
It’s 100% exhausting being perfect! 

Perfectionists are likely to achieve less, suffer from anxiety and have more stress than focussed high achievers.
There is a duality of performing at a high level, delivering quality results –
at the same time, perfectionism drives mega anxiety and grinds you to a halt. 

Perfectionists may appear to have it together on the surface. The trait affects all areas of our lives – at home, at work and at play.

The truth is underneath that layer is the inner turmoil that costs you your vitality. 

Perfectionism is not selective to it’s environment – it’s part of who we are and how we do things.



We have noticed how conversations uncover the reality of being stuck in a habit of STRIVING.  This topic has created some lively conversations at the as we
connect dots to our own experiences and discover ways for us to up-level our game as we navigate this terrain with our clients.

High Achievers in life (home-work and play) set themselves goals and have many comparable attributes around high standards. Yet, the big difference is in the thoughts, emotions and execution.

It’s worth getting curious about your reality. Exploring this will help you to think about making changes that create more vitality.

Take a look at our overview and notice any behaviours, thoughts or feelings that apply to you. 




Perfectionism and the resulting anxiety can be overcome with the right conversations.  


Recognising that change may be needed is the first step toward connection to your ebb and flow and achieving more inner peace. 

With the right resources, you can move towards a happier, healthier, more hopeful life, where you can find inner peace in an overwhelming world. 


Imagine being able to say that “almost perfect” is still a job really well done.  


The can help. 


FOUR steps to create time and opportunity and stop any overwhelm:    

  1. CONNECT – Self-Awareness of where you spend your time and energy and what you want (your Compass)    
  2. COLLABORATE – Initiate the support around you generate opportunities  
  3. CREATE – Initiate catalysts in your life to navigate to your everyday destination  
  4. VITALITYthe foundation of moving forward every day – step by step and to move at the PACE which feels right for you.    


Stop Overthinking and let go of Overworking, being Overwhelmed and Reset, Decide and ACT; 

Read our Blog on  OVERWHELM here.


Don’t wait #YOLO. (You Only Live Once) so ACT, for YOU.   



Sarah Linton

Sarah Linton is a Catalyst specialising in making change a reality for personal & professional evolution whilst keeping vitality at the core. A former business leader at global organisations including the Walt Disney Company. A Director, Master Coach, Mum and Founder of Tides of Change & Co-Founder of The Sarah is passionately connected to her True North as a prolific creator of new horizons & holding that as a vision for all clients partnering across time zones in the UK, USA & Asia Pacific. When we talk your world can change. "Life doesn't move in straight lines, and neither does a good conversation" - Margaret J. Wheatle.

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