Ep #73: Perfectionist Illusion v. Joyful Reality

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Perfectionist Illusion v. Joyful Reality

If you’re listening to this podcast, I know you’re deeply committed to excellence. Your career is likely marked by your ability to produce high-quality work consistently and getting rewarded for it. However, if you find yourself constantly trying to prove yourself, working to the point of feeling exhausted or bruised along the way, you might be getting caught up in the illusion of perfectionism. 


On the one hand, there is something to be said about perfectionism being a great motivator. Many people wear it as a badge of honor. But on the other hand, there is a shadow side of perfectionism that leaves you fixating on imperfections and feeling haunted by unrealistic expectations or possible failures, ultimately holding you back from experiencing joy in your practice. 


Join me this week as I invite you to drop the perfectionist illusion and instead embrace a joyful reality. I’m showing you how perfectionism may be showing up in your practice, why it prevents your growth and evolution as a professional, even if you don’t see it as a problem right now, and I’m also offering my favorite practical strategies you can implement if this is resonating for you.



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What You’ll Learn from this Episode:
  • What the shadow side of perfectionism looks like. 
  • Why perfectionism can lead to burnout, depression, and anxiety. 
  • How perfectionism might be showing up in your practice. 
  • The most common signs you’re struggling with perfectionism in your work. 
  • How perfectionism might be holding you back, even if you don’t see it as a problem.
  • 3 strategies to help you if you’re getting caught up in the fantasy of perfectionism. 
  • What it means to embrace a joyful practice versus the perfectionist illusion. 

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