Perfectionism: Its Impact on Interior Design Practices & How to Rise Above It

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Interior Designers are typically perfectionists. For every design project, they spend countless hours tweaking and refining to produce the best design. Although they strive for perfection, they still feel unsatisfied. As a result, they become exhausted and frustrated, questioning whether their work will ever be good enough. 

If this is you, then it’s time to break free from the cycle of perfectionism and discover a new path to growth and fulfillment in your craft.

Join me in this episode as I explore the impact of perfectionism on our interior design practices. Together, let’s learn how to cultivate a more flexible mindset, embrace imperfections, and thrive in our creative journey. 

Tune in on this empowering episode.

Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode
  • Embrace your imperfections and use client feedback to improve your skill
  • Break the cycle of perfectionism and cultivate a positive mindset toward a healthier, more balanced approach
  • Uncover how your perfectionist tendencies influence your interior design dynamics so you can turn them into a driving force, not a hindrance
    Check out these episode highlights

    02:03 – The negative side of perfectionism

    04:08 – Perfectionism and criticism; and the ways perfectionism manifests in me

    • Type one of the Enneagram is called the perfectionist. They like to do things perfectly and criticize themselves when they can’t.

    06:03 – Why and how designers are typically perfectionists

    07:02 – What designers should do to break free from the trap of perfectionism

    • Do your best work to come up with a project.

    • Then release it and let the client give feedback.

    “Putting on a design project and executing it, and project management is similar to putting on a wedding. There is always something that won’t go perfectly, but it can be fixed.”

    08:08 – The books about perfectionism

    • My husband’s current read: Discipline is Destiny. A striking quote is, “Not finishing something is worse than not being perfect.”

    • My current read: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. It talks about how our society connotes shame around not being perfect and how your value and worth are less if you are not perfect.

    09:49 – Perfection is not a badge of honor

    • Don’t hold perfectionism as a badge of honor. 

    • Don’t hold that you are not a perfectionist as a badge of honor because it could give you an excuse not to do your best.

    “I know my best won’t be perfect, but it needs to be something I can be proud of and live with.”

    10:50 – How perfectionism is holding back your gift to the world

    11:50 – Perfectionism and entrepreneurship, and how risk-takers can’t be 100% perfectionist

    “If you are going to go into business, you have to take a lot of risks. That you are willing to take the risk that it’s not going to be perfect…that you might fail.”

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      Thanks for listening. I hope this helps you discover if interior design is the career for you. See you next week…