Yesterday, I came across a blog post by speaker, author, and leadership & inclusion specialist, Ritu Bhasin, that really spoke to me. In her post, Always Strive to Do Your Best, Ritu highlights the futility of trying to attain perfection. Whether it’s at work or at home, so many of us feel pressure to get it exactly right every time. Since perfection is unattainable, we usually end up feeling disappointed, inadequate, and unworthy. Not a great state of mind to be in; who needs that running dialogue in their heads?
Rather than strive for perfection, we should be focusing on simply doing the best that we can in any given situation. The concept comes from The Four Agreements (which is on my list of must-read books for 2019), and is one that really resonates with me. I like this idea because there will never come a time when I won’t make a mistake, and I’m certain I have plenty of wrong decisions in my future. But, these errors aren’t a bad thing. After all, it’s through our failures that we learn our greatest, and often most important, lessons. Knowing that we tried our hardest is the best salve for the wounds we all will inevitably incur.
So, this is your reminder that you don’t have to be perfect. In fact, you never will be. So, instead, give your all and forgive yourself when it isn’t enough. Stop running the rat race and focus every day on how you can improve, grow, and learn. Making this simple mind-shift will free you from the pressure of living up to an impossible standard and will help you make room for more happiness and self-fulfillment.
Do you struggle with perfectionism? Share your experiences in the comments!
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