To break free from perfectionism, you must first understand where it comes from.
Perfectionism exists for ONE main reason. A lack of self-esteem. When we don’t feel like we are enough, we think we must be perfect to be worthy. EVERYONE struggles with this sometimes. It is part of being human living in the modern world.
Hard on Yourself
Committing to excellence is one thing. It keeps us motivated to grow and learn. We all want to become more, make a meaningful impact. It’s natural to feel this way. This is positive. But when it veers off the road to hard core perfectionism it becomes negative and turns on us, keeping us stuck- and miserable.
Personal Best VS Perfectionism
There is a difference between personal best and perfectionism. Personal best means you are only focused on yourself to keep evolving to your fullest potential. That’s healthy! Comparing yourself to others exhausts your precious energy and puts you into a negative head space. When your attention is on others you are giving your power away. You lose your authentic self when you are busy comparing, judging, or criticizing. So how do you take your power back?
Practice this to Break Free from Perfectionism
Self-compassion is the key to making room to be imperfectly perfect. Remind yourself that you are doing the best you can with what you know right now. Awareness will grow. You don’t have to have it all figured out today. You don’t have to be the best at something the moment you try it. Take yourself off the hook. Give yourself time.
Your New Affirmation
I release myself from having to be perfect.
I commit to being kinder to myself from this moment onwards.
I accept and love all of me.