Do you hold yourself to high standards for everything? If so, you’re not alone. Most gifted people strive for perfection.
But what if inflexible standards are slowing you down and holding you back? What if they are affecting your self-worth, your wealth?
There’s evidence that constant perfectionism can get in the way of a happy and productive life.
It’s connected to procrastination, low productivity, and depression.
We set unrealistic goals that we can’t achieve, or which makes us difficult to be around, and downright mean and nasty to ourselves.
More often than not, continual high standards aren’t needed for us to succeed in life. Think about people like Einstein, Oprah, Donald Trump, Walt Disney and Bill Gates. These famously accomplished people have reported that they owe their achievements to their unstoppable nature and willingness to make mistakes.
Recognise when high standards are necessary.
The trick is to recognise when high standards are necessary and when they actually get in the way of innovation, efficiency and fulfilment. Getting to the place of good enough on most tasks and projects allows us to get more done without compromising quality.
This open-minded approach allows for creativity, innovation and fun.
Freedom from perfection starts with flexibility, compassion and faith in self. Remember that you are good enough as you are. You are intrinsically valuable.
The next time you notice that you’re driving yourself hard, procrastinating on projects or tasks, or feeling self-critical about your accomplishments, ask yourself:
“Am I holding myself to standards that aren’t needed in these circumstances?”
“What would good enough look and feel like?”
Breathe. Open up your heart and mind. Think flexibly about your project or task and let your standards relax. Try the “good enough approach”.
After all done is better than perfect for your day to day tasks and reserve your high standards for rare and special circumstances. You’ll not only get more done, you’ll also feel motivated to do more!
And take on board for yourself this anonymous but very wise quote, “The word ‘Imperfect’ actually spells ‘I’m perfect’ because everyone is perfect in their own imperfect ways.”
In theory we get this but changing it can be hard.
I know this is hard. In theory, we get it, but often the reality is more challenging.
To transform your life, you need to let go of your inner perfectionist and judge and learn how to love and accept yourself deeply. It’s your worth mindset.
As a Certified Tapping into Wealth Coach, I use tapping (EFT) to show my clients what is blocking them and where they are holding themselves back. We are super levelling your worth.
To learn more contact me.