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Embracing Progress over Perfection:Celebrating the Journey

Updated: Jul 2

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Embracing Progress over Perfection

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.

Embracing Progress

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. send me an email:

Until my next post…Coach Hilton

#Perfectionism #GrowthMindset #SelfAcceptance

#professionaldevelopment #innerdialogue #professionalsuccess


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