We are not meant to be perfect. We are meant to be whole. If we allow ourselves, we can become stronger in the very places that we’ve’ve been broken. Perfection is unachievable. It often leads to disappointment and it can set us up for failure. Strive for progress, not perfection.
Accept that we are human and humans are messy. I am most authentic to humbly admit I don’t know everything and I sometimes make mistakes. This makes me much more likely to accept the imperfections in others and love them anyway.
It’s easier to be authentic when we take the pressure of perfection off the table, and it’s easier to be compassionate and kind when we understand everyone is messy.
We have this idea of perfection that is so unrealistic. We are our own worst enemy. No one is noticing that little scar.
– Emmanuelle Chriqui
We all face a daily dose of challenges in the workplace, our daily lives. Perhaps we can say, it comes with the territory. We can absolutely become distracted and lose sight of the bigger picture if we attempt to walk the tightrope of perfection. It’s a rather thin line and whether we like it or not, there will be days when it will break and we will fall.
We must remind ourselves that there is only one “me.” The good, the bad, and the ugly all contribute to our uniqueness. So do past experience, hurts, and mistakes. It’s not enough to simply learn from the past. We also need to look at our choices to understand what we’re made of, and in that way either improve or understand how certain weaknesses can actually be strengths.
It is also important to gently remove pressure from the accelerator and pause for a moment of reflection from time to time. We get caught up in the daily tasks of putting out fires, making ends meet or trying to give proper time and energy to all the areas of our lives.
We can also remind ourselves that peace trumps perfection and consider how to align our lives and work in a manner that offers purpose. For me, it will mean making minor tweaks or adjustments that, when fully embraced, will make all the difference. Even the most gifted and elite athletes need a time out to rest, reflect and restore.
Be yourself . . . everyone else is already taken.
I don’t love Photoshop, but I like imperfection. It doesn’t mean ugly. I love a beautiful person with a gap between his/her teeth, versus the perfect white veneers. Perfection is just … boring. Perfect is what’s natural or real, that is beauty.
– Marc Jacobs
By letting go of perfectionism, we can stop procrastinating. Fear of making a mistake can keep people stuck. Some people may not even take step one on something they want to accomplish for fear of not doing it flawlessly. Perfection stalls progress.
Having flaws, being vulnerable, and being true to myself are cornerstones of being real. Some things I will work on to evolve and become a better person. Some things are just part of who I am.
When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind. In our minds there is awareness of perfection.
– Agnes Martin
Bonjour Monday! Wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead! 🙂