There’s more pressure than ever before to get things right in every part of your life to be perfect. Gadgets, apps, and advice on how to be your very best all the time surround us. But that’s such an illusion. No one can be perfect; it just isn’t humanly possible.
It’s great to set the bar high, to go after challenges, and stretch yourself. But you can’t expect to win at everything all the time. Sit back for a minute and consider the benefits of embracing Imperfection.
- You’ll be happier
Perfectionists carry a LOT of emotional baggage from trying to look like their entire world is 110% wonderful. They’re at a higher risk of depression and anxiety and hardly ever content with what they have.
Embrace the messy, flawed parts of your life and yourself, and you’ll be happier and less stressed.
- You won’t fear failure so much
Accepting Imperfection means failure shrinks back down to being just another aspect of life. Perfectionists tend to take failure personally. It becomes a catastrophe and something that defines their sense of self. But accepting that to make mistakes is human means you see failure as an opportunity to learn, make the necessary changes, and move on.
- Embracing Imperfection makes you a more pleasant person
If you’re comfortable with Imperfection, you won’t be so quick to criticize and judge others. And that will make you a much nicer friend, colleague, and family member. You’ll be less likely to blow your fuse at trivial things, cut people more slack, and make relationships calmer and more rewarding.
- Your self-esteem will grow
People who accept their flaws and quirks are less likely to be hard on themselves when they make mistakes. Perfectionists are usually their own harshest critics; their self-esteem is fragile and quickly crushed. Acknowledgment of your humanity means you’re less likely to feel guilty or ashamed when you make a mistake or don’t reach your goals as soon as you might have liked.
- You will inspire others
Imperfection is the keynote of being a human. It’s how we learn and progress and connects us. That’s okay, and gracefully accepting the ebbs and flows of life will make you someone people look up to and admire. Your kids will see that you value them more than that vase they broke. Spending time with them is more important than asking if they’ve done their chores.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.