Artists Who Seek
So, it's another dichotomy. Seeking perfection all the time assures you that you won't find it. So if you truly are a thinking perfectionist your strategy would have to be to not seek it all the time, but be aware of it when it happens.
I have found perfectionism in young people has to do with perceived external rules and pressures while that same phenom in older people has an internal rule or standard that guides them. While I think their is some sort of progress there, I also think that either way, the perfectionist is so constantly living with disappointment and frustration that no moment of perfection would be able to compensate anyway.