11 episodes

When your super high standards cause you to procrastinate, life is hard. Every Monday, join Erika Ames, perfection busting coach, clinical social worker and owner of Tailwinds Counseling as she takes on common struggles for perfectionists and gives practical tips to stop procrastinating, people-pleasing, and playing it safe. If you're ready to get out of your head and into your life, this podcast is for you.

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When your super high standards cause you to procrastinate, life is hard. Every Monday, join Erika Ames, perfection busting coach, clinical social worker and owner of Tailwinds Counseling as she takes on common struggles for perfectionists and gives practical tips to stop procrastinating, people-pleasing, and playing it safe. If you're ready to get out of your head and into your life, this podcast is for you.

    Perfectionism Pandemic

    Perfectionism Pandemic

    As coronavirus impacts the lives of nearly every single person on earth, everyone is struggling with some element of this new reality. For perfectionists, make us feel like we're not doing quarantine right, we're not being productive enough, and it can make us try to control things that we can't actually change.  In the season 2 debut, I chat about the realities of pandemic life and some strategies for self-care and coping.

    Snag the bonus mentioned in the episode at www.erikaames.com/covid. 

    • 32 min
    You might be a perfectionist if...

    You might be a perfectionist if...

    A lot of times, people who struggle with perfectionism don’t call it that. Basically, the thinking is, “I’m not perfect enough to be a perfectionist.” But no one is perfect. So In this episode, you’ll learn 7 signs you’re a perfectionist. 

    And because this is the last episode of 2019, we’ll also reduce that end of the year anxiety but putting the new year into perspective. 

    Full show notes at www.previouslyperfect.com/09

    • 16 min
    What's shame got to do with it? Part 2: How to deal with shame

    What's shame got to do with it? Part 2: How to deal with shame

    In part 1 of "What's shame got to do with it?" (episode 7) we talked about what shame is, where it comes from, and how it's related to perfectionism. In part 2, we dive deeper into the shame - perfectionism link and we learn how to handle shame in a productive way. 

    • 23 min
    What's shame got to do with it? Part 1: What is Shame and where does it come from?

    What's shame got to do with it? Part 1: What is Shame and where does it come from?

    It might not be obvious, but perfectionism and shame are closely linked. Shame is a universal emotion, and perfectionism is a way of coping with it. In part 1 of 2 episodes on shame and perfectionism, you’ll learn exactly what shame is and where it comes from. You’ll also learn some useful questions to ask yourself to examine where your own shame comes from.

    The Stuck on Perfect: Overcome Perfectionism and Get Shit Done Ebook www.erikaames.com/ebook
    Ep 5 www.previouslyperfect.com/05

    • 21 min
    How to avoid holiday burnout as a perfectionist

    How to avoid holiday burnout as a perfectionist

    Tis the season to be jolly, but when our standards are impossibly high, we’re unlikely to be feeling joyous. Instead, perfectionists feel overwhelmed, anxious and a little bit miserable during the holiday season. In this episode, you’ll learn exactly how to navigate the holiday season without having a perfectionism fueled meltdown.

    • 25 min
    The Perfectionism Big Three: People-pleasing, Procrastination, and Fear

    The Perfectionism Big Three: People-pleasing, Procrastination, and Fear

    On this podcast, we talk a lot about what to do about the problems that come along with perfectionism. In this episode, we’re giving context to perfectionistic behaviors. You’ll learn about the Perfectionism Big Three - people-pleasing, procrastinating, and fear - what drives these perfectionists, and how to cope with the challenges that come along with each type. 

    Stuck on Perfect: Overcome Perfectionism and Get Shit Done Ebook w/audio: www.erikaames.com/ebook

    IG and Facebook: @previouslyperfect

    • 25 min

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