Crushing Perfectionism and Your Inner Critic

An interview with Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo

elizabeth_lombardoRaise your hand if you’ve ever struggled with perfectionism or felt like your efforts have been “ruined” because you didn’t follow through exactly the way you’d planned.

All or nothing thinking (also known as perfectionism) is a trap for many smart, busy women and in this interview with psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, you’ll learn how to identify the traps (including perfectionistic tendencies you might not even be aware of) and how to start doing and thinking about things differently – what Dr. Lombardo calls Better than Perfect.

I met Elizabeth last summer and have been wanting to sit down and chat with her about this topic ever since. This is one of my favorite Smart Women’s Interviews this year and I highly recommend you take the time to listen. You’ll hear how perfectionism is like chocolate cake, the relationship between perfectionism, fear, and passion, and some ways to move out of perfectionism that feel simple and good.

If perfectionism is something you struggle with (or even if you simply suspect this to be the case), I highly recommend Elizabeth’s book: Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love. 

You can also take her perfectionism quiz here.


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