Liberate yourself from the prison of perpetual anxiety and frustration
Are you tired of feeling like you’re never good enough or like you always fall short? If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with perfectionism, which can lead to a great deal of stress, anxiety, and anger.
But has anyone ever told you that you don’t have to be perfect?
It’s certainly important that we better ourselves. That’s why it’s always good to set goals, establish healthy habits, work on our weaknesses, and keep striving for a better tomorrow — for ourselves, our loved ones, and our areas of responsibility. But…
As you commit to self-improvement and generosity, it’s also important that you embrace your imperfections. In fact, acknowledging and accepting your imperfections is part of better understanding yourself.
“No one is perfect. We all have our flaws and weaknesses. But that’s what makes us human. It’s what makes us unique. So embrace your imperfections. They’re what make you, you.”
Brown, Brené. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. New York: Gotham Books, 2012
Imperfection is part of the human condition. It’s been this way throughout history. And it’s the case today.
Every single human being on planet Earth — regardless of race, creed, color, gender, nationality, political affiliation, or other consideration — is flawed and imperfect.
That includes you and me.
Embracing imperfection doesn’t mean we shouldn’t address sins and shortcomings in ourselves and in others. It doesn’t mean we should be lazy. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t work for a better tomorrow.
It does mean that we should go about the work of self-improvement and serving others with a healthy dose of self-awareness, humility, and patience.
We must realize that life is a marathon, not a sprint. And success is measured in progress more so than in trophies, medals, and finish lines.
And it means that, when we do make mistakes or fall short, we shouldn’t beat ourselves up and keep ourselves down. Instead, we get back up!
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Nelson Mandela
Accepting that we’re imperfect isn’t always easy, but it’s important.
And it’s worth it.
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