Updated: Jul 2
Hey friends, thank you for taking the time to send me encouragement. Celebrating and uplifting each other is such a
necessary thing. With that, I also want to say I hear you, and
today’s post is in response to some questions. So, let's dive into a
topic that resonates with many: perfectionism. We all know that
feeling when we set unrealistically high standards for ourselves,
fearing the slightest misstep or mistake. But here's the truth:
perfectionism can hinder our progress and lead to burnout. So,
let's embark on a journey of self-discovery and learn to embrace
progress over perfection!
The Perfectionism Trap
Are you overwhelmed by the constant pursuit of flawlessness?
Do you find yourself paralyzed by the fear of failure? These are
telltale signs of perfectionism. It's a mindset that can consume
us, making us feel like we are never good enough. But here's the
reality: perfectionism is an illusion. It sets us up for
disappointment because perfection is unattainable. Instead of
striving for an idealized version of ourselves, we should focus on
personal growth and progress.
The Burden of Perfection
Perfectionism places an immense burden on our shoulders. We
become trapped in a cycle of self-doubt, constantly questioning
our abilities and second-guessing our decisions. This self-
imposed pressure prevents us from taking risks, trying new
things, and embracing opportunities. We become overly critical
of ourselves, magnifying our mistakes while discounting our
accomplishments. The pursuit of perfection becomes a never-
ending race, leaving us exhausted and unfulfilled.
It's time to break free from the chains of perfectionism and
embrace progress instead. Rather than fixating on the result,
let's focus on the journey. Recognize that growth happens in
small steps, and each step forward is a victory worth celebrating.
Embrace the learning process, for it is through our mistakes and
failures that we truly grow.
Shift Your Perspective; Embrace Imperfections
To overcome perfectionism, we must shift our perspective.
Instead of viewing mistakes as failures, let's see them as
opportunities for growth. Every setback is a chance to learn,
adapt, and become stronger. Embrace a mindset of resilience,
understanding that progress is not linear but filled with ups and
downs. By reframing our perspective, we can transform our fear
of failure into a hunger for growth.
Perfectionism robs us of the joy and authenticity of embracing
our imperfections. Remember that vulnerability is a strength,
allowing us to connect more deeply with others.
Celebrate Your Victories
As we let go of perfectionism, it's crucial to celebrate our
victories, no matter how small they may seem. Acknowledge
your progress, honor the effort you put in, and give yourself
credit for the steps you've taken. Cultivate a mindset of self-
compassion, treating yourself with the kindness and
understanding you would extend to a dear friend or a mentee.
Perfectionism is a burden we don't have to bear. Let's release
ourselves from the chains of unattainable standards and
embrace progress over perfection. What’s the point of having
something done to perfection, but you keep it hidden? Who will
know it’s perfect or flawless if it isn’t seen? Perfectionists often
want to be recognized on merit for their hard work, but aren’t
we then dooming ourselves to live unfulfilled and a life of
unrecognized potential if we guard our talents so closely? I say
‘we’ because I also experience bouts of perfectionism, it is
through my journey of pulling myself out of this mindset that I
can successfully coach clients and teams to produce instead of
Remember , mistakes are stepping stones on the growth
path, and imperfections make us beautifully human. So,
celebrate each step forward, no matter how small, and relish the
journey toward becoming the best version of yourself. Embrace
progress, let go of perfection, and rediscover the joy and
fulfillment that come with embracing your unique journey! I did,
and so can you.
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Until my next post…Coach Hilton