The Struggle Is Real: Perfectionists in a World Without “UNDO” Option

Perfectionists can live more fulfilling and well-balanced lives if they can learn to embrace their flaws and be more flexible.

Abish Latha
2 min readMar 11, 2023

Perfectionism is a common trait among individuals who consistently strive for excellence in everything they do. But perfectionism can also be a double-edged sword, causing feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, and sadness. Nevertheless, life for perfectionists can be challenging in a world without an UNDO option, where mistakes cannot be corrected or overturned.

So, what life without an UNDO option would be like for perfectionists?

  • Increased anxiety: Perfectionists may experience increased anxiety in their daily lives if they lack the ability to correct mistakes. The fear of making mistakes and fear of failure can have a detrimental effect on their emotional well-being and make them less willing to take risks.
  • Pressure to succeed: Having no UNDO option would put a lot of pressure on perfectionists to excel in everything they do. They would feel the need to do it right the first time, resulting in even more stress and anxiety.
  • Less creativity: Perfectionists are less likely to experiment and explore new ideas without the ability to make mistakes and learn the lesson from them.
  • Social stress: The desire to be perfect can also result in work stress. Perfectionists may have higher expectations for others and have a difficult time accepting their flaws and mistakes, which may negatively impact their relationships with family, friends, and coworkers.
  • Missed opportunities: Perfectionists may be less willing to take risks and try new things without the ability to go back and undo mistakes, potentially missing out on rewarding experiences.

A world without the UNDO option would be difficult for perfectionists, but it would also provide a platform for personal growth and development. Perfectionists can live more fulfilling and well-balanced lives if they can learn to embrace their flaws and be more flexible. They would have to accept that mistakes are inevitable and that the most important thing is how they react to them. They should strive for excellence rather than perfection, placing emphasis on excellence rather than perfection, emphasizing improvement over results.

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Abish Latha

Recovering perfectionist | Knowledge Scientist | Empowering high-achievers to master perfectionism and lead high-performance lifestyles |