Gunk of Low-Energy Living: perfectionism

Do you…

…feel like what you accomplish is never quite good enough?

…structure your life around an endless list of “shoulds”?

…obsess over the smallest detail?

…worry about making mistakes and so avoid trying new things?

…fail to give yourself credit for your successes?

…rarely celebrate an achievement because it could have been better?

In short, are you a perfectionist?

Perfectionism: Enemy of the good

Here’s a universal truth: There’s a point at which it takes more and more energy to achieve smaller and smaller gains. In other words, putting in significant additional effort only results in a small 1% – 2% improvement.

There’s a life-altering saying, “The perfect is the enemy of the good.”

To apply this quote to your own life, be mindful of instances where additional effort would result in negligible improvement—especially in comparison to the effort required.

My challenge to you is to joyfully let go of debilitating perfectionism. Instead, embrace the critical life skill of understanding that most of the time, “good enough” will do just fine.

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