Are you the type of person who likes everything just so? Are your ducks always in a row? Well, maybe it's time to knock 'em all over. Or just move one slightly out of line.
According to new research published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, perfectionism may lead to stress, burnout, and potential health problems.
"Perfectionistic concerns capture fears and doubts about personal performance, which creates stress that can lead to burnout when people become cynical and stop caring," said lead researcher Andrew Hill in a press release.
In the first meta-analysis of the relationship between perfectionism and burnout, the researchers looked at the results from 43 previous studies conducted over the past 20 years. They found that concerns about perfectionism can sabotage success at work, school or on the playing field.
Think about it: perfectionists are never pleased with their work. If they accomplish something, there's never a reward big enough to match the effort they put in. And if they make a mistake, they see it as a catastrophe.
So, how do you avoid burnout? Hill said perfectionists should try "setting realistic goals, accepting failure as a learning opportunity, and forgiving themselves when they fail." Use your perfectionist nature to motivate — not debilitate — you.