Hi. I’m Alex, and I’m a Recovering Perfectionist.
I have struggled with the demons of perfectionism as long as I can remember. Without getting too deep into the gory personal details of my upbringing, suffice to say I was raised to be a Perfectionist. Not just any Perfectionist, but the Most Perfect Perfectionist.
I learned from an early age that effort was not enough, if it resulted in anything less than excellence. I was that child who was a superior student, involved in activities, volunteering in the community, working a part-time job while applying to Ivy League colleges. In some ways, perfectionism helped me achieve, but in many others it crippled me with anxiety and destroyed my self-esteem.
I have spent years working on my own thoughts and behaviors to embrace a gentler way of regarding my self worth and my accomplishments at and outside of work. I started by setting a mantra for myself: Done is better than perfect.