Perfection. We all try and strive for making something perfect. You want to get your business, your love life, your makeup, your home JUST RIGHT. Then oops! Something goes wrong! What do you do?
Yesterday, I experienced this very thing. Then I decided to break-up with perfection for 24hours.
Ok, I cheated and I kept that break-up going into all of today.
I was feeling all the stress of the day, the appointments that were forth coming, getting business cards finished before the appointment, and it was intense.
I was so stressed out and nothing was working! Thing is, perfection doesn't allow you to see the beauty of what is right in front of you. Sometimes, the big mess is a great masterpiece.
I couldn't see the masterpiece when I was striving for perfection.
I strolled past that image I loved on Pinterest...
I let that Instagram quote sit on my iPad...
I kept looking for more ways to do one thing....
I didn't go with that first Business Card idea...
I took one million pictures to get the best selfie...
I was SO stressed out...that I just stopped. I stopped everything. It was when I stopped and breathed that I realized it was not a big deal to begin with.
Sure, I dropped things in my haste to be perfect. I forgot to add contact info in my hurry. I made typos. I left my makeup at work. It was all a deeper part of me signaling "Hey, your not perfect and trying ain't working."
Perfection is unattainable, in one way. Mastery, however is. If it was perfect, would you want it anyway? Ok, somethings bend this thought, like your meal at a resturant how you ordered it, that new shirt you ordered online, or your drink at Starbucks. But what about...
The perfect music concert?
The perfect book?
The perfect relationship?
Perfection can kill a good buzz. It can stop things from flowing. It can get in the way of you being you. You are unique. You deserve to be seen as you truly are.
It is when the artist drops their drink and laughs, or the author chuckles about how they chucked the whole thing before, or when your partner's shirt is inside out...it is then that you see the human side. Those are the most memorable moments. The one's when you see the side of someone that is relatable. It is what makes them human and you love them more.
So, I decided:
The business cards are fine for now. (the info is there)
Oh, they got a little wet? Oh well.
That first post on Pinterest? Stop scrolling and use it.
That wording on Instagram? Just tell it like it is.
So, I created a temp business card in twenty minutes.
I posted on Instagram in five minutes.
I replied to posts, saw a typo, and laughed at myself!
It seemed I could get so much more done!
I was way more productive when I let the need to be perfect go.
Each time I reaffirmed that I didn't need to be perfect, I would suddenly remember that it wasn't that big of a deal to begin with. It's like I couldn't see how insignificant it was untill I surrendered to just letting it all just be.
So, I just gave up trying to be perfect yesterday. I hope I continue through the rest of the week. I am sure, my spirit will gladly give me a little reminder.
Feeling the need to be perfect all the time? Try this little check-in to readjust.
What are you trying to get perfect? Who are you wanting to please? Now, what is your goal--the thing you want? Now what is that deeper non-tangible thing you want? Can you have it anyway? Even if your not perfect?
I think you will find you can...
Happy non-perfect week to you! Let your true colors shine! See you back here next week. I know things are changing here.It is all so new. Sort of. Have a good week!!