Being a black and white, all or nothing thinker can cause a considerable amount of stress and anxiety. But that’s not all. Perfectionism can ravage one’s healthy lifestyle goals.
We all want to do our best, no matter what the circumstances are, but do you know what? Sometimes we fall short of our expectations. We sometimes overeat, miss a day of exercise, bypass a day of tracking. The list could go on and on. Guess what? That’s okay! What’s not alright is to throw in the towel. A gaffe is temporary and surmountable, and we have to look at each in that way. The perfection monster is elusive, so don’t spend your life chasing it.
Growing up, every time I made a mess of things, my mother would tell me, “Brush yourself off and get back up.” She didn’t promise me it wouldn’t happen again, and as much as she had probably would have liked to, she couldn’t protect me from all of life’s ups and down. She knew that making mistakes are as natural as the sun in the sky. They’re a part of life. The experiences mold us and help us to become stronger. There is only one stipulation; We can’t let them break us or be an excuse to quit.
The key to facing a setback is to get over it, use the experience to learn more about ourselves, and continue toward our objective with a little more experience behind us.
The truth is there is no real perfection..except for imperfection. Accept that and nothing will be able to stop you.