I used to be a total perfectionist, but I have had a total change of heart. I’ve learned that it isn’t worth it to be consumed with the little things, or sweat the small stuff as they say. I no longer bicker with my husband or kids about the stupid stuff. I’ve incorporated a progress over perfection philosophy throughout my life—from how I live to what I teach to my fitness followers.
Perfection is unachievable. It often leads to disappointment and it can set you up for failure. Strive for progress, not perfection.
I now call myself a recovering perfectionist and there are so many benefits to letting go of perfection.
You can be less concerned about what others think of you. I am less worried about what others think about me as long as I'm proud of my behavior. I don’t have to look perfect or act perfect. It is liberating to let go of what other people think. Start to value your own opinion more than anyone else’s. Your confidence will soar when you alone determine how you should feel about you.
Teach your kids progress over perfection. I want my kids to escape the whole perfectionist pursuit, so as long as they are giving their best effort, I am happy. I want my kids to be hard workers and caring citizens, to acknowledge their weaknesses, admit when they are wrong, and strive to be better and improve where they can—progress over perfection.
By letting go of perfectionism, you can stop procrastinating. Fear of making a mistake can keep people stuck. Some people may not even take step one on something they want to accomplish for fear of not doing it flawlessly. Perfection stalls progress. What if you flipped perfection on its head and gave yourself permission that it’s okay to fail miserably, but you are just going to try anyway. I guarantee if try, you will make progress. Just give it your best and have some compassion for yourself if you aren’t flawless.
Giving up on perfection doesn’t mean you work less hard. I work hard at my job, my family and my relationships; I just don't expect or need perfection anymore.