According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a “work in progress” means “a project that is not yet finished.” Being a work in progress can bring a sense of relief to those who struggle with perfectionism. Having the mindset and understanding that you are in a constant state of growth can help you overcome the need to be perfect.
The opposite of being a work in progress would mean that you live life with the mindset of being perfect. However, perfection is an unattainable state that can lead to mental breakdown such as depression, anxiety, and feelings of disappointment. If you find yourself struggling to accept that you are a work in progress, then consider the following tips.
Three Ways to Accept Your Progress
Accepting yourself as a work in progress can be a struggle. Below are several helpful tips on how to celebrate your growth process and journey.
- Celebrate today – Being focused on your next move can steal you from the present successes. Taking time to celebrate each small victory can help you overcome any feelings of failure.
- Monitoring thoughts – Watching your thoughts and monitoring your mindset can take time. Ask yourself what you are thinking or what your next move should be. This exercise causes you to pay close attention to the reasons behind your actions.
- Never settle – Continue to allow yourself to grow and change with each decision. Be mentally prepared to accept mistakes and embrace them as part of your journey.
Remember, perfection is not attainable, and you should not feel shame or beat yourself up when you don’t reach a goal. Having the drive to make the changes you want in your life will require that you be honest with your shortcomings. So, how can you be sure that you are on the right path?
Becoming a Life-Long Learner
In an article written by Alan Gehringer entitled “Personal Path of Progress: The Secret to Reach Your Full Potential”, he states that he has made it a priority to be a lifelong learner. He recommends the following steps toward personal peace with learning.
- Evaluate where you are currently and where you would like to be.
- Create a one-year plan around those goals.
- Share your goals with individuals that you trust and see if they have any perspective or guidance to give you.
- Assess your goals and include any training that you may need.
- Be comfortable with making mistakes as those can help you grow and move forward.
- Include personal and professional goals such as health and education.
Your personal plan should help you grow and reach the next level in life. This type of personal progress will keep you moving forward, growing, and motivated through any tough decisions.
Keep in mind that what gets measured, gets improved. Having a motto for yourself can keep you on track to reach your goals. If you struggle along the way then consider keeping a journal of your thoughts, or even seek the help of a professional counselor. Making life changes is not easy but it is fulfilling.
Until next time, stay safe, and keep the faith.