In the age of perfection, there’s a lot to be said about success. Perfection and success are two words that are often used interchangeably in our society. But is this all they have in common? When it comes down to it, which one would you rather have?
Perfectionism is a common problem that can lead to procrastination, anxiety, and depression. It’s time to stop the cycle of self-sabotage and start living your life! You deserve success, not perfection.
Avoid perfection and accomplish more:
Perfection is unattainable:
Perfection is unattainable because it’s a moving target. As soon as you get close, there will always be something else to improve. There is never a time when you can say that you are finished.
Focus on what you can do:
Many people make the mistake of focusing on their weaknesses. It’s essential to focus on your strengths and not what is wrong because when you do this, it makes it easier for you to improve your skills in other areas.
Plan to accomplish your goals:
One of the things that distinguish successful people from those who fail is developing an action plan. Without one, you will never get started on your journey towards success! When you are setting your goals, make sure that you break them down into chunks. You can do this by making a list of all the things necessary for each goal, and once it’s broken down into manageable pieces, it will be easier to accomplish. Try this affirmation, “Closer To My Goals”
Don’t be afraid to start small or fail early:
Rather than letting fear guide you, let it motivate you to try. Taking the first step is always the most challenging part, but once you get started, it’s easier and more rewarding than doing nothing at all. Don’t put up with little thinking. Think big and make sure you follow your dreams, even if it means failure.
Perfectionism makes it difficult to be satisfied:
It’s the reason you keep fixing your hair when it’s not straight. It might sound like an endearing personality quirk, but it is often very harmful, leading to procrastination, anxiety, and depression. They’re constantly comparing themselves to others and pushing themselves beyond their limits. They also often avoid new challenges for fear of failing.
5 steps you can take to minimize the harm of perfectionism in your life:
Identify what triggers your need for perfection – Take a moment to think about the last time you felt like you needed to be perfect. What were you doing? Who was around? How did it make you feel? What thoughts went through your head at that time?
Understand that perfectionism is a symptom of something larger – It’s caused by low self-esteem, uncertainty in your abilities, or even loneliness. But the fact remains that it’s an obstacle you need to overcome.
Know the difference between healthy and unhealthy perfectionism – Unhealthy perfectionism is damaging to your mental health. It’s important to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy forms of perfectionism, especially when it comes to self-care. Perfectionists fall into one of two categories: “ambivalent” or “compulsive.” Ambivalence tends to be procrastinators because they fear making mistakes; compulsives get a thrill out of “getting it right.”
Accept your flaws, imperfections, and limitations – Everyone has flaws, imperfections, and limitations. That’s okay! Just accept them as a part of who you are. Overcoming these will strengthen you as a person.
Learn to be kinder to yourself – Be kind to yourself, even when you make mistakes. I want you to give yourself grace. That just means you understand that everything is a process. We all have to crawl before we walk. Accept that you are human and don’t believe that you’re special. Trust me, no one is.
In Other Words
So many people are trying to be perfect, and it’s just not worth it. We spend too much time on things we don’t have to do perfectly, and that’s a problem. It also takes away from feeling happy and prosperous because you’re always thinking about doing something else in the future, so it meets your standards. Ask yourself why you feel the need to do things perfectly, then stop asking! Just try your best, but going beyond that is foolish when life is already hard enough as is!
The need for perfection can only lead us down a dangerous path of self-destruction where happiness becomes an afterthought. Many people think they have to do everything right or at least close to perfect when choosing success.