Have you ever wondered if you are a perfectionist?
Chances are, you would consider perfectionism as a positive trait – who doesn’t want to be perfect?
What is Perfectionism?
Perfectionism is defined as a broad personality style characterized by a person’s concern with striving for flawlessness and perfection and is accompanied by critical self-evaluations and concerns regarding others’ evaluations (Stoeber & Childs, 2010).
Here are some signs that you might be a perfectionist:
Procrastinating on a task until you know you can do it perfectly
Deem the results as the most important part of completing the task, you disregard the process you take to get your results
To view a task as incomplete until it meets your expectations
Take a longer time to finish a task that others typically take lesser time to finish
If you are a student or a coach working with students, you would certainly recognize that being a student-athlete is hard work! They often have to fit in almost twice as much into their day compared to a typical student.
They need to train regularly, revise their school work, get enough sleep, eat healthily, and still leave room for family and social activities.
This is A LOT and is a big part of the reason why many suffer from exhaustion and quit the sport.
So what can student-athletes do to be at the top of their game, both academically and in sports?
If you reckon time management is the solution, you are only partly correct; all your efforts at time management would be put to waste if you do not first learn how to overcome procrastination. Specifically, you may know what to (and what not to) do but can’t seem to follow through with your thoughts and actions.