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🌱 Breaking Free from Perfectionism: But how?

Let's dive into a topic that might resonate with many of you: perfectionism. As a Mind Body Eating Coach and Holistic Psychological Coach, I've seen and also experienced firsthand how perfectionism can sneak its way into our lives, quietly dictating our thoughts and actions.

Perfectionism is like a double-edged sword.

On one hand, it might SEEM like striving for excellence, pushing yourself to do your best in every aspect of life. This is also mostly what society tells us to do. While I do think a proactive, optimistic, brave and positive attitude often benefits us, there is more to it: 

Perfectionism it's a relentless taskmaster and it’s never satisfied.

Just think about the word “perfectionism” itself. You recognise “perfect” in it - but please take a moment to ask yourself: is your task ever perfect, do you ever lean back after a project and think “now it’s done, it’s perfect, nothing more to do”? If you’re anything like me, then the answer is “no” - it might be good, but “perfect”? Nah, it could always be better to be perfect. So, perfectionism is always demanding more. 

And the truth is, it often keeps us small, trapped in a cycle of self-doubt and fear of failure.

How? How many times have you held back from pursuing your dreams because you were afraid you wouldn't be good enough? How often have you procrastinated on a project because you were paralysed by the fear of making a mistake? Perfectionism robs us of the joy of experimentation, of taking risks, of simply being human.

But here's the thing: perfection is an illusion.

It's an unattainable standard that no one can ever reach. Just look around: what is actually perfect? Not “just” good, but perfect?

So, what's the alternative? 

Embracing our imperfections. 

Celebrating the messy, beautiful chaos of being human. Recognizing that our flaws are what make us unique, what give us depth and character. Instead of striving for perfection, let's strive for authenticity, for vulnerability, for growth.

Because here's the secret: it's not our achievements that define us, but our willingness to try, to learn, to evolve. It's not about being flawless, but about being real. And when we let go of the need to be perfect, we open ourselves up to a world of infinite possibilities. 

Isn’t that a beautiful trade? The need to be perfect for a world of infinite possibilities?

So, my dear friends, I invite you to join me on this journey of self-discovery, of self-compassion, of self-love. 

Let's release ourselves from the shackles of perfectionism and step into the fullness of who we are. Let's dare to be imperfect, to be vulnerable, to be beautifully human.

Here are six steps to help you overcome perfectionism:

  1. Recognise the Signs: Become aware of when perfectionism is taking over your thoughts and actions. Notice the patterns and triggers that fuel your perfectionistic tendencies.

  2. Challenge Your Inner Critic: Practice questioning the unrealistic standards and self-critical thoughts that arise. Replace them with more compassionate and realistic perspectives.

  3. Set Realistic Goals: Break tasks into smaller, manageable steps and set realistic expectations for yourself. Focus on progress rather than perfection.

  4. Embrace Mistakes as Learning Opportunities: Shift your mindset to see mistakes as valuable learning experiences rather than failures. Celebrate the lessons they offer.

  5. Practice Self-Compassion: Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer a friend facing similar challenges. Be gentle with yourself on the journey.

  6. Celebrate Your Progress: Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Cultivate gratitude for the journey and the growth it brings.

Embrace Your Imperfections 🌱

Are you with me? 🌟

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