It's easy to forget that we are all perfect in our own design. Sometimes we muck it up with habits and choices that do not serve us. 

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I had a project I was procrastinating that was long overdue. I kept waiting for everything to be exactly perfect before I started it, yet that time never came. The concern that people weren’t going to like it if it wasn’t top notch loomed over me for weeks. Yet the guilt for not completing it hung right next to it.

 

That started me wondering why I was so concerned about it being “perfect.” Then it hit me…that was what had been drilled into me. From the time we are a child in school through adulthood working in our career, we are “graded” on the quality of our work. This can cause fear, which leads to stress, which leads to the dragging of feet, which leads to more stress.

We are taught from a very young age that we should be perfect and shouldn’t fail. I remember the knot in my stomach when I used to see red marks on my school papers. That same knot showed up when there was a look of disappointment on my parents’ faces, and later my boss’s face. It was the same feeling of failure…of imperfection.

 

The challenge is to learn to accept those feelings and lean into them. Recognize that you’re feeling inadequate, and pay attention to where you are physically feeling that in your body. Take your attention there and give it a mental hug.

 

Life is meant for living. It is better to step onto that stone and get your feet a little wet then to never leave the shore. Growth comes from taking the step, not watching on the sidelines.

 

And remember, life isn’t about pleasing others…it is about being the beautiful soul you are. Living each moment to the fullest. Without the challenges, we wouldn’t get to experience the feelings. Without experiencing the feelings, we wouldn’t learn more about ourself.

 

I am not saying to have low expectations or not to put the effort in. I am saying don’t be attached to the outcome of everything being “perfect.” 

 

As Mark Twain said, “continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” So move forward, take the step, take a chance. Release the need for approval from others. Release the need for perfection. Embrace your imperfection. I have.

 

Love always,

 

Darby


P.S. Yes...THIS blog was my project. 

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