Perfectionism is not a prerequisite to anything besides pain.
I consider myself a recovering perfectionist. I know I am not alone with this constant battle, and many women, in particular, are right there with me. I come from a long line of perfectionistic women--some of whom still announce the title proudly. Here are some reasons perfectionism is a sure road to pain and disappointment and definitely worth the time and effort to let the title go:
Perfectionism can stop us from starting.
People who strive for perfection often will not attempt something because they feel like they can't do whatever it is perfectly. Many missed opportunities and experiences can go by in life for those who set perfection as their standard. Sadly, this means opportunities to grow and learn and transform and move in the direction of your dreams can be passed by.
Perfectionism can stop us from finishing.
Many times projects go unfinished because the perfectionist's perception is that she is not living up to her own unrealistic standards. The false notion is that not finishing something is better than finishing the project and it not being perfect.
There is NO such thing as perfection.
Striving for perfection will always be a let down because it simply does not exist. No matter what you do or how you do it, it will never be perfect, so you're setting yourself up to feel unworthy, not good enough, and constantly falling short. We all know (in our heads) that perfection doesn't exist, but we need that shift of knowing to move to our hearts, so we can let it go!
How do we make that shift to the heart knowing?
Radical Self-Love, Self-Compassion, & Self Acceptance
When you feel the perfectionistic voice sneaking into your head, make a conscious decision to shift your thinking. Imagine that you are talking to your best friend:
What would you say to her in the situation? How would you support and encourage her? How would you help her see her strengths and be more compassionate with herself?
Here's to shedding perfectionism, one self-loving thought at a time!
Peace, Love, Lipstick,