A message for all perfectionists...
As someone who has struggled with perfection in the past (and still from time to time), I’ve come to understand and accept a few things about the pursuit of perfection.
The idea of achieving perfection is both unrealistic and irrelevant. It serves no real purpose in our life and in building long lasting success and happiness.
We need to recognise that perfection is a pointless and often crippling aspiration – something that took me almost a decade to learn.
I was reading an article about one of the world’s top executive coaches and he talked about how you can be in search of excellence and you can be in search of achievements, but you can’t achieve perfection because IT DOES NOT EXIST.
It’s so important we realise that the thing about this type of external manifestation is that it can never be achieved, because it’s NOT REAL.
After reading up on perfection, learning about it, and speaking to psychologists and experts, I believe the key to long-lasting success is to embrace imperfections. In fact, it’s been said that the antidote to this ‘perfect’ myth is CELEBRATING imperfection. Think about it, it’s the imperfections that foster human connection most.
Bréné Brown, one of my favourite authors who is an expert on vulnerability, talks about the need for us to embrace our imperfections as a way to connect with one another. *If you’re looking for a great book, my favourite of hers is ‘The Gifts of Imperfection’ and I highly recommend you read it!
If you think about your relationship with your best friends, it’s the nuances, the little things and idiosyncrasies, the inside jokes and self-deprecating humour, the embarrassing stories, the tears and shared challenges that strengthen your bond.
Sharing and celebrating imperfections is essential to your authentic success and building strong relationships.
You are perfectly imperfect and that deserves celebrating.