Overcoming Perfectionism and Procrastination with Mindfulness

Overcoming Perfectionism and Procrastination with Mindfulness

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Join us for a one-day workshop on Mindfulness for Perfectionism with Dr. Pavel Somov, an internationally renowned clinical psychologist, speaker and author. Based on his extensive work using mindfulness in his clinical practice as a psychologist, he has written numerous books to help people overcome common problems using mindfulness-based techniques and reflections. His groundbreaking book: “Present Perfect: Letting go of Perfectionism and the Need to Control” offers a framework to explore the qualities and origins of perfectionism and shift the beliefs and patterns that perpetuate it.

The workshop is relevant for the general public as well as mindfulness teachers and mental health professionals looking to learn more about the benefits of mindfulness for perfectionism (a certificate of attendance can be provided for your CPD portfolio).

About Mindfulness for Perfectionism

Many perfectionists may not actually identify as such -- but probably do recognise the symptoms and side effects that usually accompany these tendencies: a harsh inner critic, paralysing anxiety, procrastination, along with a persistent inner sense of dread and guilt. Sometimes it might seem like the pride of the perfection outweighs the pain, but in fact when we start to pay more attention with mindfulness, the true cost of perfectionism reveals itself. We start to notice all the subtle compulsions that keep us locked of a perpetual state of striving -- cut off from the ease and flow of the moment that is the true source of the perfection.

Through mindfulness practices, awareness exercises, and perspective-shifting insights, this one-day workshop will set participants on a path towards addressing and overcoming perfectionism. Drawing on the tools from Present Perfect and his clinical innovations, Dr. Somov will cover a lot of ground, including:

  • An overview of perfectionism, the purpose it serves, and the toll it takes.
  • A radical redefining of perfectionism to include self-acceptance and a focus on process over outcome.
  • A personal plan to confront procrastination, deal with dread, and find a renewed sense of enthusiasm and creativity.
  • Mindfulness techniques designed to break problematic behavioral patterns and catalyze change process beyond the workshop.

The day will include a mix of presentation, group discussion, and basic meditation practices. No prior mindfulness experience is required.