“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Are you perfect?
Monday’s inspiration asked that question, and we’re exploring the damage and effect perfectionism can have on our lives in this week’s daily podcasts as well.
In today’s society, so much focus is put on perfection it really add a lot of pressure when really, there’s no call for it. Who do you know that’s perfect? Are you perfect? Your parents? Your Partner, your boss, your friend?
Have you ever found yourself caught up in anxiety, depression, or not taking action because you want everything to be just perfect?
This week, I want you to share your stories about perfectionism. It is my hope that by exposing our own follies and mishaps in chasing perfection, we can help each other recognize these patterns and behaviors in our own lives change them for the better!
Share stories of how chasing perfection has affected your life. What kind of pressure have you felt? How did you learn it? How has it effected your buying choices, the diets you go on, your romantic life?
Instead of chasing perfectionism, let’s share stories and by reading each other’s examples, let’s learn that we do not have to be perfect or strive for perfection. We can be happy and love ourselves and we can achieve our dreams but only through persistent action. Sitting around waiting for perfect circumstances, or staring in the mirror and chasing that “perfect body” will always elude you.
Having and recognizing love for yourself… Now, that is the only way you will ever see, know, or feel what perfection is. So let’s share our stories, let go of perfection and grab on to the love I know each of you have deep within you!
For two years now I have been dreaming of being an Executive Coach. I still have not yet started because I always have a fealing that stops me, I do not have a perfect CV, it is not a perfect time. I am always waiting for a sign that this is perfect you can now go ahead and start - guess what the sign never came. I took a decision the day I first started visiting tools to life, January 2009 will mark the beginning of a prosperous and fulfilling coaching career for me, perfect or no perfect, what I have right now is good enough to get me going.
I believe I have what it takes to succeed in this I just have to act on it. I am intelligent, I am a hardworker and I have the potential to make a difference in other peoples careers.
This one is a big one for me! I have big issues with perfectionism. I spent most of my life frazen still because I didnt want someone to see me "screw" up. As soon as I would make a mistake I would stop doing anything that I was involved in. No matter if it was my sports, relationships, jobs ect.
Thanks to all the self help out their, I have learned to be ok with my mistakes, learn from them, adjust, and keep going strong.
I think there is a balance between perfect and not acceptable. It would take lots of surgery for me to have a perfect body, but I could settle for as health. I am far from the perfect cook, but I try to present a balanced nutritious meal. My house keeping.... I have tried to scrub the floors, insist shoes off, made lists, gone to classes, and books, but it suits me to have a functional living area. The best I can do is respect others who want perfect and appreciate their persuit. I gave up a long time ago. And maybe I gave up too much until I just froze in depression. Deep inside was a yearning to hear... well done from family, friends, and acquaintenances. But the bowl of respecting and appreciating effort was empty for me. Thus came the movement in schools to look for improvement and effort, not just perfect papers. That, I believe has spilled over to every area in people's lives. Perfect doesn't ever happen.
To me nobody or nothing is perfect.
Perfection is a concept in a given "bulb"...
Perfection is seen differently through different pair of eyes and different goals / targets / time.
The world is full of imperfections and "a-normal" creatures, so long life the world with its imperfections and abnormalities and all the charms and differences this engenders!
no one is perfect except Jesus. We all are imperfect beings searching for acceptance, mutual respect, and love. A part of our lives will always be missing a puzzle piece, that can only be resolved with letting go of perfection, and being the best self that we can be. Joy comes in looking at our imperfections and smiling, knowing that we can love that which is not perfect, first in ourselves, then in others.