What’s better than being perfect?

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What’s better than being perfect? 

Finding contentment in being imperfect.

Do the words “you will never be perfect” make you crawl in your skin? Or do they cause you to breathe a sigh of relief?

Accepting imperfections in my life isn’t always easy for me. As a person with perfectionist tendencies (a recovering perfectionist if you will) there's a small part of me that's irritated by the fact that I can't be totally and completely perfect. But at the same time, my heart sighs a great breath of relief knowing that it's ok for me to have flaws and struggles…it's ok for me to be human.

Perfectionist tendencies aren’t always bad. They usually mean you are driven, passionate, and creating amazing things in your life. But being a perfectionist can become a hinderance when it gets so intense that it paralyzes you. If you find yourself stuck because your fear of being imperfect keeps you from taking action in your life, that’s when it’s time to really confront these tendencies and make peace with them. 

And if the thought of being at peace with your imperfections makes you nervous… that’s a pretty good indicator that perfectionism is getting your way. Because here’s the fact of the matter, perfect doesn’t exist… it’s an illusion that will keep you trapped in a cycle of chasing it and failing over and over again. Not accepting the fact that perfect isn’t obtainable keeps you in a state of resistance, and resistance will always keep you stuck.

So if you want to be free from the shackles of being a perfectionist, repeat after me…

I am willing to be perfectly imperfect.”

Say it out loud. Write it down. Feel it in your body.

I am willing to be perfectly imperfect.”

It’s from THIS space that we can then work on improving ourselves in a truly productive and harmonious way. Accepting your imperfections doesn’t mean that you stop trying to be better, it means that you STOP FIGHTING yourself. 

If you’re feeling inspired by this, take some time to write down the things you are willing to accept about yourself that you might have previously tried to fight or deny.  This can be a really freeing experience.

When we learn to accept ourselves where we are, we become much more capable of taking powerful and intentional steps in the direction of our dreams.  

Cheers to being human.

With love,

Natalie