How To Measure and Control Perfectionism?
Perfectionism in Dancing
One of the biggest assets but at the same struggles of ballroom and latin dancers is perfectionism. If they aren’t born with a natural inclination towards perfectionism, for sure dancesport will develop it for them.
Due to the fact that adjudicators pay attention to the whole package of a dance couple, the dancers need to pay attention to a lot of aspects. For example, they not only have to master the physical performance but also the artistry and musicality. Furthermore, their image – composed of costumes, make-up, tan and hair – need to be perfect.
Dr. Jerry Lynch – Coach, Mentor, and Teacher
But how can we measure our perfectionism so that it will not take a toll on our mental state? For this, we had Dr. Jerry Lynch as a guest on our podcast to explain how we can control perfectionism.
You Aren’t a God
Dr. Jerry Lynch, being a mentor and a coach for athletes, assures us that the element of perfectionism is present in every sport and in every element of performance. He views it as a trap because we always tend to ask ourselves why don’t we do things perfectly. The answer is simple: we’re not God.
The Focus on Outcomes
The reason why athletes, including dancers, are obsessed with perfectionism is that they’re focusing on outcomes and results. They have high expectations from themselves and their partners. The issue with focusing on outcome and results is that to a certain extent, you cannot control them.
The Brain Influences the Body
When we’re focusing on outcomes and results, we also know we cannot control that. Dr. Jerry Lynch explains that when we try to control the results by being perfect, our body gets tight and tense. We cannot dance beautifully and be tight, tense, stressed and anxious.
The Control of Perfectionism
Dr. Jerry Lynch’s advice for dancers is to do the little things – the essential absolutes, how he calls them – brilliantly, rather than doing the big things marginally.
I've started dancing when I was 9 years old and it has been a part of me ever since. I love to surround myself with everything dancesport related. Now I get to experience the world of dancing through a writer's lens.