Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Build Your Perfectly Imperfect Life
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Stop trying to be perfect so you can build your perfectly imperfect life. I am not advocating that we aim to be mediocre (you know me better than that), but I want us to stop setting ourselves up for failure.

Aiming for perfection can lead you to succeed in your life and work. But, nothing will break your confidence down like unrealistic expectations and undue pressure from a quest to be perfect. It's exhausting and can become a huge burden. And deep down, you probably know that your expectations of yourself and others are a little out of control.

It's better to build something imperfect than wait to build something perfect. Get it built! Then tweak it.


If your perfectionism is interfering with your ability to form and maintain relationships, get satisfaction from your work, increase your confidence, etc., here are some strategies to break free:

  • Breaking your big stuff down into small, do-able steps and focus on each one
  • Give yourself a break
  • View the world in colors and levels
  • Lean on humor

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