Letting Go of Perfection

As a recovering perfectionist, the idea of letting go of perfection sounds like crazy talk. In some sense, it means letting go of control, or at least, the illusion of control. And generally speaking, those with the largest perfectionism struggle are the ones that have felt the least in control of their life or life circumstances. I know that at least rings true for me.

Being able to claim perfectionism gives me a sense of control over something when it feels like everything else around me feels uncontrollable. It allows me that one thing to obsess over and critique saying things like, “once I do this I’ll be done.”

But the truth is that nothing will ever be perfect. Given enough time, a new problem can always be found. And in a way, perfectionism only leads to self-sabotage. It’s indirectly telling ourselves that nothing we do will ever be good enough. That we will never be measure up. That someone or something will always be better.

That stings a little to think about. Doesn’t it?

This idea that we aren’t good enough.
That we will never measure up.

It stings because it’s not true. Regardless of what our pasts might have told us, we are good enough. That voice in our head can attack us day in and day out, but just because it’s loud doesn’t mean it’s right.

There are a lot of things that are loud.

What if we listened a little more?

What if we tuned out that loud annoying voice speaking nothing but negativity and chose to hear the whisper telling us we can? The voice telling us that we are meant for greatness, that we do matter, that we are incredible.

Imagine the difference it would make in our every day, in our relationships, in our life.

Despite what the voices in your head might try to tell you, remember that you are worthy. You do measure up, you deserve good things, you are incredible.

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Certified personal trainer and health coach. Former Army Medic turned Multi-passionate entrepreneur and Masters of Military and First Responder Psychology student with a passion for helping others create a life full of purpose, health, and wellbeing. 


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