“the action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible.”
In a society where perfectionism is rampant loving yourself is a rebellious act. Filters, photoshop, staged photos, and fake body parts flood my feeds. Yeah I just went there because it has become our societies “norm” and I believe it needs to be addressed. Hard as it is to admit we all compare especially in the modern day world we live in. It has become a normal act to come off as perfect especially on social media. The perfect family, the perfect student, the perfect body. Look at her abs, I won’t ever look like that. I think to myself from time to time and get lost in a spiral of comparison.
1. Comparing is a waste of time
Have you ever really stopped and observed how much time you really spend on comparing? In the time you spend looking at what other people do or look like, I promise you would be astonished on what you can accomplish. Put your phone away and spend that hour reading or pick up a hobby you’ve been curious about. This alone will separate you from the rest and studies show that reading just one hour a day can quickly help you become an expert in any field. The possibility of expanding your knowledge is endless if you look at it this way.
The definition of perfection literally means improving something until it is faultless. I am giving you permission to release that now because perfectionism will always rob you of the creative process. Getting wrapped up in making something “perfect” will only prohibit you from getting your message across. Whether it is that book you’ve been wanting to write, the blog you’ve been wanting to get started, or even a business idea. Remember that you were uniquely and divinely made. We all have a soul burning purpose and it is so important to pursue it. Your message might change someones life and if you never go after it just think of all the lives you are possibly leaving untouched. Get started on it and don’t look back.
3. Embrace failure
I thank the universe/god everyday for my failures and so should you. Failures often disguise themselves as a form of protection. Being an entrepreneur I feel like I can only really now identify myself as one because of starting a business that ultimately failed. This business was stolen from me, it was my creative brain child. Instead of wallowing in what happens what really will set you apart is your ability to quickly rebuild from your failures. Be grateful for your failures and celebrate them just as much as your achievements.
4. Be authentic
Authenticity is so important in all areas of your life. We are all human at the end of the day and if you are trying to connect with others wearing a mask is simply not realistic or relatable. Take it off and don’t be afraid to get a little vulnerable. Be yourself, be loud, or don’t, dance, sing, cry, be unapologetically you. And always remember you don’t owe anyone an explanation for what bring you closer to you most authentic self.
What if instead of focusing on trying to be perfect we focused on what is now, what is good, what is currently wonderful. There is so much good to be celebrated including the imperfect. And quite frankly perfection is damn boring. How do you cope with chasing perfection? Leave us a comment below!
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.” – Salvadore Dali