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Perfection is a Four Letter Word

Updated: Dec 10, 2019

Hi friends! It's been literally f-o-r-e-v-e-r since I've written any blog content. Five months to be exact (yikes). If you've been following along on Instagram you know I'm in the throes of a July simplicity challenge to re-new, re-fresh, re-energize. To strip back to the essentials in favor or what matters. For me, this looks like letting go of perfection.

Why? Because perfection is a four letter word - DUMB, also unrealistic, unattainable, a hindrance to progress. Old me wore the title as a badge of honor. New me no longer identifies as said 'perfectionist' because oftentimes it served as an excuse to not even try, be it writing, weight loss, creating content, reading, budgeting, you name it. I would ask the wrong questions: Why even try if you can't do it perfectly? What's the point if it can't be perfect? If it's not perfect is it actually productive? Wrong, wrong, wrong. I'm learning to ask the right questions: How can I use mistakes as learning opportunities? How can I mark my progress by my willingness to learn from failures? What small thing can I do to just start? Do you see the mentality shift? The latter says that by trying, just starting, imperfect mishaps, it all account for effort, which means progress. So, for the sake of simplicity I'm choosing to create and write again because it's far better to make mistakes, edit edit edit and draft imperfect words to a page than to do nothing. What habit or tendency in your life no longer serves you? No more excuses. Let's start small remembering that slow, small progress is still progress. Who else is with me?

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Love this, friend! So, so true. I have always struggled with an "all or nothing" perfectionist attitude. I can totally relate. I am with you. I just have to remind myself that a little goes a long way, starting is success and finishing doesn't have to mean perfect. Thanks for this reminder.

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