Ep #110: Self-Confidence and the Paradox of Perfectionism

The Joyful Practice for Women Lawyers with Paula Price | Self Confidence and the Paradox of Perfectionism

Can you relate to being in an environment that exacerbates your perfectionism? Do you see the unicorn-like prototype of lawyers who are the highest billers, always getting it right the first time and excelling on all levels, and find yourself trying to measure up against them?


Perfectionism tends to be a recurring theme among high-achieving professionals. In a culture that highly esteems perfection, there are often standards and expectations that go beyond what is realistically achievable or practical within the legal framework. If you have a sense that perfectionism is hindering you from pursuing what you truly desire, you’ve come to the right place.


Tune in this week as I explore the relationship between perfectionism and self-confidence. I’m outlining the hallmarks of perfectionism, why perfectionism erodes self-confidence and self-trust, some of the ways in which perfectionism is perpetuated in the legal profession, and my three-step process for beginning to loosen the grip perfectionism has on you right now. 


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What You’ll Learn from this Episode:
  • The ways in which perfection is revered and perpetuated in the legal profession.
  • How to overcome the perfectionism that is holding you back.
  • Why perfectionism erodes self-trust and self-confidence. 
  • The problem with the strategies you’re currently using to attain a level of perfection. 
  • 3 steps to loosening the grip perfectionism has on you right now.
  • The hallmarks of perfectionism.


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