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Perfectionism

“Perfectionism is not a quest for the best. It is a pursuit of the worst in ourselves, the part that tells us that nothing we do will ever be good enough.”  Julia Cameron

I recently read the above sentence and it resonated with me.  It reminded me of all the ideas, possibilities I have not started, not shared or shut-down before the glimpse was too real.  All because I know I am not perfect and could never do anything justice. So I always felt that if I didn’t start, I wouldn’t fail, be disappointed or worse open myself up to other people knowing I am a flawed.

How many doors have we refused to open or walk through because we felt we were not smart enough or skilled enough.  Or maybe, me for one, we have attempted something, but kept it close and not shared it feeling it was never “good enough”.   So we short change not only ourselves but the community by not taking a risk, embracing failure, learning from it and maybe creating something better. 

I am challenging myself and everyone to not wait for perfectionism – the fear we are not good enough.  Lets take risk,  open doors, become vulnerable. There is so much out there we are missing by holding back. What we have to offer is worth it.  Perfect – who wants that!! I want unique.  What we have to offer is enough – it is part of us and yes crictism hurts but it is better than living a life of regrets and “what ifs”.  I want to look in the mirror at the end of the day and say “yes I did that and I can take whatever life tosses at me because I am good enough the way I am and what I create/offer is uniquely me and that is enough.”

2 thoughts on “Perfectionism

  1. I love this post and the message it delivers. I too am not perfect but have always considered myself as different…now I’m going to start calling myself unique. I actually prefer imperfection but it took me a long time to figure out that was ok – please yourself because you matter most!!!

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