Sunday, June 23, 2013

Letting go of perfectionism

Try harder. Do better. Be perfect.

These messages are tricks that people have played on us. No matter how hard we try, we think we have to do better. Perfection always eludes us and keeps us unhappy with the good we've done.

Messages of perfectionism are tricks because we can never achieve their goal. We cannot feel good about ourselves or what we have done while these messages are driving us. We will never be good enough until we change the messages and tell ourselves we are good enough now.

We can start approving of and accepting ourselves. Who we are is good enough. Our best yesterday was good enough; our best today is plenty good too.

We can be who we are, and do it the way we do it - today. That is the essence of avoiding perfection.

“At its root,
perfectionism isn’t really about
a deep love of being meticulous.
It’s about fear.
Fear of making a mistake.
Fear of disappointing others.
Fear of failure.
Fear of success.” 
Michael Law