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Perfection is a Lie

Believe me, I know! My lifelong struggle to attain it has gotten me, well, nowhere. There are things I’ve redone because they weren’t perfect and things I’ve never tried because I couldn’t do them perfectly. But I’ve learned that it’s okay if something isn’t perfect and, most of the time, I’m the only one who will know it’s not perfect.

This has come up again for me with this blog challenge I’ve been participating in. I’ve missed the last 3 days of posting and I was kinda freaking out about it, “oh no, I need to get caught up, now I need to write all 3 blog posts and get them up so I can catch up”. Not! In fact, the challenge topic for today is all about that. I know I’m not the only one who hasn’t kept up, it’s a statistical probability. So I’m okay with that, I’m not going to try to catch up, just start again from today.

5410171I’m sure you know someone in your life, if it’s not you, who has or does struggle with perfectionism. Sometimes it’s okay to have that trait, it can help us to achieve our goals. But when it becomes obsessive, it can actually prevent you from attaining your goals because you hold back for fear of not being perfect.

Take fashion magazines for example, or for that matter, ANY magazine really. They present an image of beauty that is impossible to achieve because those people in the photos don’t really look like that either! It’s not just fashion magazines either, it’s fitness magazines, store catalogs, celebrity “news” magazines, they all do it.

So, the next time you struggle and procrastinate to finish that project because it’s not perfect, or you’re afraid it won’t be perfect, just DO it! It’s okay if it’s not perfect, because no one else’s is perfect either!

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12 Comments

  1. Mary Oquendo

    08/10/2014 at 4:02 pm

    Love this. My question for you is how did you get the twitter post into your blog.

    1. ReneeL

      08/10/2014 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Mary, it’s a plug in called “Click to Tweet”.

  2. Arwen

    08/10/2014 at 5:14 pm

    Just had a talk with someone about my perfectionist tendencies. 😀 Great post! Shared.

    1. ReneeL

      08/10/2014 at 5:35 pm

      Awesome, thanks for sharing!

  3. Donna Hudson

    08/10/2014 at 6:42 pm

    This was another perfect one for you–Renee. Keep up the great WORK.

    1. ReneeL

      08/10/2014 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks Donna!

  4. Tamay

    08/10/2014 at 6:44 pm

    I had the exact same feeling. I’m glad you are moving forward!

    1. ReneeL

      08/10/2014 at 7:08 pm

      Me too 🙂 Glad to know others feel he same way.

  5. Lisa | Practically Intuitive

    08/10/2014 at 7:26 pm

    Yup Yup! I shared this on the PI FB page. Great insight, Renee. A small step is still a step, right?

    You’re doing fabulous!

    1. ReneeL

      08/10/2014 at 7:45 pm

      Thanks Lisa!

  6. Andrea Wisden

    08/11/2014 at 9:51 am

    Absolutely! Striving to get something perfect and it will never be done. Because for a perfectionist, it will never be perfect. What a lie! Another lie from the ego…everything already is perfect just as it is, and if we don’t think it is, or believe that, well I’m sure it’s good enough anyway. Loved it. Oh, and I love those click to tweet things. Must work out how to do them myself. I just can’t help clicking on them when I see them 😀

    1. ReneeL

      08/11/2014 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks Andrea, I’m glad you loved the post!

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