Avoiding the Pitfalls of Perfectionism

While perfectionism can be viewed as a positive quality, it can have a negative effect on your test taking performance. As we discussed in previous articles, perfectionism can lead to test anxiety and actually compromise how well you perform.

We are continuing our series discussing some ways you can avoid the pitfalls of perfectionism when taking the Florida Educational Leadership Exam. We’ve covered how it is important to understand that you do not have to achieve a perfect score to pass the Florida Educational Leadership Exam, so there is no need to put pressure on yourself to do so. We also discussed having confidence in what you’ve studied during the FELE test prep process. Today, we will cover another helpful tip to help you avoid the pitfalls of perfectionism.

Tip #3 Remember Past Successes

One way to take the edge off is to recall some of your past successes. Specifically try to recall times where you still found success even though you were not perfect. Perfectionists tend to equate success with being perfect, but some of the most successful people in their fields are imperfect. Remember, most Olympians who win gold medals do so with a high score, but not a perfect score. You don’t have to be perfect to pass!

Our next article will cover another way to avoid the pitfalls of perfectionism.

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