Are you the kind of person who will spend more than enough time doing a task to make sure every little detail is perfect? Maybe you’re a total control freak who can’t let things go unless you know you’re completely in charge.
If you are this kind of person, you’re probably a perfectionist. But maybe you don’t consider yourself a perfectionist at all. You could just think that you’re a hard-working person (who’s maybe a bit uncompromising) who just wants the best out of life.
No matter how you describe yourself, there’s probably still a little perfectionist behavior inside of you. There are some zodiac signs that are perfectionists to their core. They are the ones who always have everything organized at home, at work, in school… everywhere.
In fact, a perfectionist’s desk is actually a real-life depiction of their brain: lots of file cabinets, color-coding, and near-perfect organization — you know, if a brain could have all of those things.
Perfectionist zodiac signs are also the ones you want in your squad; whenever everyone else is too lazy to schedule a vacation or night out, the perfectionist is the one who has already mapped out exactly what you’ll do and when, and even comes prepared with snacks in the car and extra supplies in case of an emergency.
A perfectionist is even more organized alone than an entire troop of Boy Scouts. So, it’s safe to say that being a perfectionist isn’t bad – well, not always.
There are situations when perfection just isn’t going to happen, but there will always be someone out there trying their hardest to make it work anyway.
Younger generations might relate more to being perfectionists than older ones, too. A study shows that millennials are more likely to be perfectionists than any other generation.
There seems to be way more pressure to even keep up with our peers, let alone surpass them, and with everyone holding a generation with already high standards to even higher standards, it’s no wonder we’re always dealing with stress and anxiety in one form or another.
For most millennials, this might be something we can relate to. But for a few choice zodiac signs, this describes you to a T. You can be a perfectionist and not work yourself up every single time something doesn’t go perfectly, but it does take some practice.
These zodiac signs feel perfection deeply rooted within themselves, so it might be a hard thing to break, but it’s finding that balance between “good” and “good enough” that will stop you from breaking out in a stress rash every time you don’t meet your standards.
Easier said than done, though, because these zodiac signs were born to be perfectionists (and won’t be changing their ways any time soon).
1. LEO (July 23 – August 22)
Leo, you much prefer order to chaos because it gives you a better sense of control in anything you set out to do. You are also the kind of person who continuously strives for first place and gold medals, no matter what you’re trying to achieve, because you always want to be the best – not for anyone but yourself, but still; it matters to you.
To you, being a perfectionist means creating a plan for success and sticking to it. You know that not everything has to be perfect all the time, but you also believe that some things should be flawless to truly appreciate your success in them. That’s why you never half do anything, no matter how trivial it is. How are you supposed to look back and admire your hard work if your track record isn’t perfect, right?!
2. VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
If anyone is the definition of a perfectionist, it’s you, Virgo. You are constantly seeking new projects and opportunities that need your level of organization and perfection. You’re the kind of person who has the cleanest apartment, the most organized desk at work, and a planner that is color-coded by day, month, and year.
For you, being a perfectionist isn’t just something to keep you from losing your head – it’s a necessity. You absolutely need to be a perfectionist to get things done in life and to feel accomplished; anything less than perfect isn’t for you (that includes people, too). Your perfectionist spirit is also amazing at helping others maintain their own sense of calm. Your methodical, detailed approach to everything in life is almost hypnotic.
3. LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
Libra, you are considered a perfectionist in a different sense of the word – not like everyone else. You are the zodiac sign of balance, so you understand that every bit of chaos needs some order and vice versa. You certainly won’t break your back trying to be a perfectionist, but when things start to feel off-kilter in your life – your mood, your goals, or even your thoughts – you know it’s time to tidy up a bit.
Your idea of perfection is solidity and definition. You work best when you – and everyone you come in contact with – stick to yeses and nos. The word “maybe” is your biggest enemy because it’s not definite; how are you supposed to keep things in perfect order with a “maybe”?! Finding equality in the amount of effort you put into being a stickler for the rules and a rebel is your idea of perfection.
4. SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Scorpio, you are a fly on the wall – the one who notices everything and learns from others’ mistakes. I mean, sure, you make your own mistakes, but certainly not stupid ones. When you observe others in their natural habitat, it’s like a learning experience for you; one to help you succeed where others fail. Your attention to detail and observation skills are what make you a perfectionist.
You are not the kind of zodiac sign to do things just for the heck of it. You are known for being very intentional and sometimes even a little obsessive when it comes to achieving your goals. And because these are the things that will define who you are as a person, you are willing to go to extreme lengths to perfect them. Granted, there are things that aren’t worth the trouble, but for the things that are, you are a perfectionist.
5. CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
You are one of the most hardworking zodiac signs there is, Capricorn. In fact, the main reason you’re such a perfectionist is that you work so hard to accomplish what you set out to do. The worst feeling in the world for you is knowing that you could have done so much better if you had just applied yourself more or worked harder on something. So to you, perfection is necessary.
You would much rather be a perfectionist and go above and beyond every single time than only do the bare minimum in life. Not being proud of your effort is worse than any other feeling you could experience. If you can look back on what you’ve achieved in life and know that you kicked butt, you’re happy. Being a perfectionist is what keeps you from making careless mistakes, quitting, or just not being the best of the best.
Emily Ratay is a full-time writer living in Pittsburgh. She’s passionate about the environment and feminism, and knows that anything is possible in the right pair of shoes. She plans on writing a non-fiction book in the future.