Letting Go Of Perfection – Lessons In Getting It Wrong

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Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves to get everything perfect? I am one of those people who wants perfection if I am doing something I am passionate about. I sometimes think this need to get everything right can be my biggest downfall. My brain says “Hey you didn’t do that right so why even bother continuing?”. It’s hard!

I’ll give you an example. On Friday I should have had a blog post ready to go and had it published at 8 am. Well guess what it’s Sunday and I’m only just getting around to sitting at my desk and formulating the words and they are a jumbled mess. I spent all day yesterday trying to find a time slot to which I could escape to my office and write, but I have three children under ten which make that difficult sometimes. So what did I do instead? Well, I beat myself up for a good 36 hours for not sticking to my posting schedule and not having my content written up and scheduled in advance, despite having it all planned out on my calendar. Not a very productive thing to do I know.

When I woke this morning a question was pressing me. Why does this perfection thing bother you so much? What are you going to do now, just give up and not write anything else again for months? Heck no!

I believe that situations are presented to us for a reason. Maybe Ezra was extra fussy this weekend to show me that it’s not perfection that matters but determination and consistency. Okay, I didn’t post anything on Friday but it doesn’t mean that I now have to wait until Monday to get back on track. Post on a Sunday and a Monday instead.

It’s kind of like dieting. Yes, you may fall off the wagon and consume half your weight in chocolate on a Friday night. That doesn’t mean that you then have to wait until the following Monday to get back on track. You can just make healthier choices the next time you go to eat something.

I’m so guilty of trying too hard to achieve perfection that it cripples me into doing nothing for the fear of getting it wrong, or not being enough. This weekend I have learnt something about myself and I’m all for that lesson. Just pick up where you left off, just keep going. Anything is something and something is always better than nothing.

So here is a Sunday post which I don’t usually do, however, I want to share with you the lessons that I’m learning as I learn them. So 2020 the year I say no to perfection and a big fat yes to progress.

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