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How to Be an Imperfectionist: The New Way to Self-Acceptance, Fearless Living, and Freedom from Perfectionism by [Guise, Stephen]
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Author Guarantee: I will never buy, trade, or otherwise ask for a favorable review. Here are some quotes from Amazon reviewers (verified purchases):

"This book deserves to become a classic."
~ Melissa Wiederrecht

"Stephen expertly interweaves the scientific research with personal experiences, trial and error, and reader stories. Most importantly, Stephen lays out numerous easy to implement strategies to combat the problem. These aren't all conceptual 'change your attitude' ideas, either. They are actionable steps that provide immediate progress."
~ Douglas

"An ingenious guide to actually making progress."
~ Jason

"This book helped to set me free!"
~ Sonia Thompson

"I just finished the book, and I can already feel a paradigm shift happening."
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About the Author

Stephen Guise has been writing about and researching personal growth strategies since 2004. His first book, Mini Habits, has become an international bestseller and is being translated into more than a dozen languages. Stephen enjoys minimalism, playing basketball, and exploring the world.

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  • File Size: 8943 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
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  • Publisher: Selective Entertainment, LLC (May 22, 2015)
  • Publication Date: May 22, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UMG535Y
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I really only bought this book because I liked Guise's Minihabits book so much. I didn't really consider myself a perfectionist, but I discovered I could use a lot more information from this book than I expected. I also was concerned this book would have too much overlapping content from Guise's Minihabits book and blog posts, but it had a lot that I hadn't seen before.
PROS: First, the structure of this book is really clear and usable. I loved that Guise didn't waste our time with a lot of "here's how to know if you're a perfectionist" drivel and instead focused on understanding perfectionism, its causes, and its solutions. In particular, I found Guise's review of the academic literature on perfectionism to be both conscientious and valuable. It does seem true that when academics are talking about perfectionism being good, they are focusing on the aspects that aren't really a focus on perfection (like "seeking excellence" or "being organized"). Guise also does a great job simplifying the categories that the academics used and adding ones of his own when needed. Next, Guise does a great job explaining how perfectionism has to be perceived as something bad if any real progress is to be made. So long as you are secretly congratulating yourself on your "flaw" of wanting everything to be perfect, you won't understand just how pervasive the problem is or be very effective in changing it. Thirdly, Guise flummoxed me by introducing new (to me) aspects of perfectionism: insisting that the context be perfect in order for you to take action ("I'm going to speak up at the meeting at work today...no, actually, Jamie's here, and he talks too much so no one will hear me...
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This book was full of advice and strategies I could really use and implement daily to improve my perfectionist tendencies! I just finished the book, and I can already feel a paradigm shift happening. I especially love how he organizes the book with the "Application Guide" at the end. All too often, I read a self help book, get excited about the ideas, but then forget what exactly I was supposed to do to make it work in my life. This book allows you to easily reference daily tips to keep these strategies working for you. I also appreciate the author's writing style. When I read it, I feel like I'm having a meaningful conversation with a friend, who is going through the same ups and downs, and trying to figure it all out... who also happens to have some amazing ideas and advice! It is even laugh out loud funny in a few places! Thank you to Stephen Guise... this book will really make a difference in my life!
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This is a very good book..... I felt it was on the same level with "The Now Habit"... Where you feel like the author really knows what they are talking about and manages to fit important and deep insights into every single page... And read me like a book.

I had to laugh when he mentioned that a perfectionist would try to fix everything all at once with mini habits and fail. I have three times now attempted to take on about 20 mini habits at the same time... I am sure you can guess what happened. And I know I really need to do like 2-3 mini habits... But I get stuck right there since I couldn't decide which few best ones to choose! And the fear of mistakes keeps me from even just picking one and trying... What if I attempt just 1 mini habit and still fail?! Trying to please a specific person keeps me stressed 24/7. I live my life feeling like I am never enough. I go through life dreaming of the great things I can accomplish... too scared to really try anything and fall short of my dreams. THIS BOOK GETS IT. Every detail of it.

Steven has done his research... He manages to unroll the messy ball of perfectionism to allow us to observe the many different aspects and sides to it and then recommend specific and easy ways to combat each. A person who really follows his advice will probably be well onto the path to recovery. This book deserves to become a classic.

I think one of the most helpful perspectives this book offers is its emphasis of "lowering the bar" rather than psyching you up to be able to reach the high bar.

Oh, and one more thing... I thoroughly enjoy the writing style of this book. It is a joy to read.
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Stephen Guise has given us a well laid out description and good strategic solutions on how to be comfortable with being imperfect. Why put pressure on yourself unnecessarily? Setting reasonable benchmarks, knowing when to say "enough", focusing on the process rather than the results, and acknowledging your strengths versus self-handicapping are primary points he makes. There are good examples on changing what you care about. And, for us procrastinators, some good tips to give that up and take action. The end chapter reviews the techniques to get over the notion of being a perfectionist. Be a rebel in a good way (one of the tips) - get this book and allow your life to flow more easily. Note: I was privileged to see a preview copy.
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