People who aim high in life may risk burning out, but a new study shows that those with ambitious goals who also avoid taking failure too seriously may not suffer as much emotionally.perfectionistsResearchers analyzed 43 studies on perfectionism and burnout, and found that holding high expectations — whether for academic achievements, career goals or athletic pursuits — isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However, people with perfectionistic tendencies tend to pair their high expectations with what are called “perfectionist concerns.” This means they are extremely self-critical, and take it personally when they fail to reach their very challenging goals.

It is this aspect of perfectionism that leads to burnout, said study co-author Andrew Hill, a sports psychologist at York St. John University in England.

“You can fail as many times as you like, as long as you don’t feel like that reflects on your self-worth,” Hill said.

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