Trying to overcome your perfectionism is a stressful job and it can wear you down at times if you let it.
I love coming up with new ways and different tools to help you let go of perfectionism and I’m grateful that I can do what I love everyday, but there are days when I feel less inspired.
When that happens, I find it useful to look outside for inspiration. A good, inspiring TED talk never fails to lift my soul and leave me feeling energized and motivated.
During my many voyages down the black hole that is the TED website (I know, I know… #procrastinationfail), I found these 10 TED talks that will - hopefully - inspire you in your journey of overcoming perfectionism as much as it did for me.
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By Cheryl Hunter
Cheryl Hunter comes at her work with a multi-pronged approach, having merged seemingly-divergent careers around one idea: that a simple story, well told and presented, has tremendous potential to educate, entertain and impact people. Cheryl shared a personal story about having been abducted as a teenager, and asked, "Why is it that we obsess over the things we can't change, rather than the things we can?"
By Karen Thompson Walker
Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the enormous Pacific. You can choose one of three directions and save yourself and your shipmates -- but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose? In telling the story of the whaleship Essex, novelist Karen Thompson Walker shows how fear propels imagination, as it forces us to imagine the possible futures and how to cope with them.
By Heather Lanier
Heather Lanier's daughter Fiona has Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic condition that results in developmental delays -- but that doesn't make her tragic, angelic or any of the other stereotypes about kids like her. In this talk about the beautiful, complicated, joyful and hard journey of raising a rare girl, Lanier questions our assumptions about what makes a life "good" or "bad," challenging us to stop fixating on solutions for whatever we deem not normal, and instead to take life as it comes.
By Reshma Saujani
We're raising our girls to be perfect, and we're raising our boys to be brave, says Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code. Saujani has taken up the charge to socialize young girls to take risks and learn to program -- two skills they need to move society forward. To truly innovate, we cannot leave behind half of our population, she says. "I need each of you to tell every young woman you know to be comfortable with imperfection."
By Geoff Watts
In this talk, Geoff Watts shares his insights onto the effects of the double-edged sword of perfectionism on our creative aspirations. He advocates a balancing of perfectionism, so that we may strive for excellence, without being unfair to ourselves.
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By Alice Domar
It is normal and healthy to want to achieve, to excel in what your passions. What is unhealthy is the constant quest for perfection in all areas of your life. There are numerous ways to transition from maladaptive to adaptive perfectionism, including physical approaches - from relaxation strategies to psychological strategies.
By Jim Hill
Graphic Designer and writer Jim Hill inspires students and adults to take on the role of mentor and shed the idea of perfection.
By Iskra Lawrence
In this inspiring talk, model Iskra Lawrence asserts that we all need to be taught how to look after ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally and encourages us to invest in ourselves right now. She gives examples of self-care techniques like the mirror challenge and the gratitude list that work for anyone, any age, anytime. If we learn self-care and practice self-care, then we can gift self-care to others.
By Adrianne Haslet-Davis
Because of a tragic experience, Adrianne has had to learn an entirely new meaning to the word patience. With her positive attitude and determination Adrianne has returned to the dance floor and has been an inspiration to others who have been faced with adversity. Adrianne Haslet-Davis is a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings where she lost her left leg below the knee. She is also a former Fortune 500 corporate manager and full-time professional ballroom dancer.
By Nicole Tsuno
Nicole Tsuno is a senior at Amador Valley High School. She gives a moving talk about her experiences with trying to do everything from sports to music to academics perfectly. This perfectionism consumed her until she tried to take her own life. By recognizing that failure is not bad or some kind of defect, she was able to learn how to enjoy and value the person she is.
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Now tell me, what is your favorite TED talk?
Hi there! I’m Wendy, perfectionism coach and host of the #perfectionistproblems community for recovering perfectionists. I’m insanely passionate about helping you overcome your perfectionism, so that you can stop caring so much about what other people think and finally take on those dream projects that you've been putting off for so long.