Updated: May 6
Are you a perfectionist? I know I am! There are definitely some pros to being detail oriented and exacting in our standards, which is a cause for pride for many type AAA personalities. As with all things, there is also a dark side to perfectionist tendencies. Especially if it becomes an obstacle to self-acceptance and self-appreciation.
I'm sure I'm not alone when I share that for a long time I was super hard on myself, over-driven and self-critical in my endless quest to be "better"...or maybe, if I'm honest, to satisfy that nasty little voice inside my head that was always telling me I wasn't "good enough". Is that insecurity? Probably to some degree. It was also conditioning. My whole life I was encouraged to "push, push, push", be better, smarter, stronger. Sound familiar?
When your goal is "perfection" there is a never-ending treadmill you run on after that ever-elusive proverbial carrot.
Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't get some major props for working hard and being dedicated to living the best version of ourselves that we are capable of living. Change, after all, requires change. And that requires mindful effort to break free of the chains that are limiting us. Mostly, those chains are rooted in our limiting beliefs about ourself and our life.
EMBRACING THE WHOLE YOU
Growing, in its most nurturing and effective form, is motivated not by judgmental criticism or rejection but rather by Love and a gentle, wise acceptance of what is now, of who you are now. Once you accept what is, you can transform it. In fact, ancient spiritual wisdom tells us that in order to transform anything, you must first understand it and accept what "is". That includes YOU!
If you think of it that way, acceptance is a form of Self-compassion. For in acceptance of who you are now, you create the foundational conditions for your growth and healing.
From this place of Self-Compassion and acceptance, you can then engage with discernment and enlightened, honest self-inquiry about whether who you are now is serving you in the best possible way toward your goals and aspirations. If not, from this place of acceptance and connection with your inner strengths, you are empowered to explore growth and change and transform your limiting beliefs into awakened Self-interest and Self-empowerment.
Healthy spiritual, emotional, physical and mental balance is absolutely required to perform at your best. This is also a balance that is required to engage passionately with life.
THE "WHOLE" EXPERIENCE
How do you find that balance of competence, personal and professional excellence and Soul thriving?
How do you create a balanced career life that supports your financial well-being in which you don't lose "You" along the way? Or, in the event you feel like "You" was already lost at sea ages ago, how do you reclaim your Soul?
How do you exert meaningful effort toward making some absolutely necessary changes to "be a better/happier/more peaceful/more compassionate/more joyful/(insert adjective here) person" while ALSO accepting exactly where you are now on your journey of Becoming?
How do you appreciate your journey non-judgmentally and with a healthy dose of curiosity and interest in your process?
You weren't, after all, designed to be inert. And it isn't good or healthy to stop growing. That, in fact, leads to a lot of problems.
One way is to adjust the goal. Instead of "Perfect", what if we aimed for "Whole"?
The goal is not, actually, to be "Perfect". It never has been. It is to be "Whole". The goal is to integrate the past, present and future into a healed and thriving Whole-Self that is able to engage with Joy in Life.
There is no "perfect", because "perfect" implies a static end state. There is no "perfect" because we are a process of continual change and Becoming Whole.
What does "Whole" mean to you?
What does "Whole" feel like to you?
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