Perfectionism: Edit Your Inner Dialogue and Break Free!

Perfectionism-Letting Go

Overcome perfectionism by knowing when to let go!

Perfectionism trips up so many people (myself included)! Moving beyond your perfectionism is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.

Think about it: Finding time to do your best involves preparation and focus – AND it also involves letting go.

Knowing when to let go is the key to your freedom. Your time is just too  precious and too limited to waste it tying yourself in perfectionistic knots! As Napoleon Bonaparte once said: 

‘Take time to be deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.’

So, how often do you feel the frustration of trying to get something ‘just right’, only to feel like you keep missing the mark by a little bit?  And while you adjust and tweak and try it again, how do you feel as you watch your day quietly slipping away?

The good news is, there’s another way to go about this!  Rather than letting perfectionism take over your life, you can learn to recognize these 3 key messages that are danger signals.  Once you know them, you can respond to those messages directly and powerfully, make different choices and win back your time!

And overcoming your perfectionism will not only help you find time.  It also builds confidence and expands your sense of what you can do.  Talk about life-enhancing changes!  So, let’s explore the first of those tell-tale messages:

Message #1: ‘I need to wait for just the right time to get started.’

This is interesting, because it raises the question of what exactly is the ‘right time’? Look closer and see what you find.  Maybe you believe the right time will arrive when:

  • You feel inspired.
  • You have more free time.
  • There are no distractions.
  • There are no other demands on your time.
  • Your friend makes good on the promise to help you clean out your garage.

In all of these examples you give yourself the message that something additional is needed before you can begin. This keeps you stuck and makes you feel less powerful.

Time-Wise Response: ‘The right time is right now.’

‘Now’ is the time that you have to work with. When you have a task to do, schedule the time on your calendar or to-do list and start in.

It’s like jumping into in a cool lake on a summer afternoon.  Once you take that plunge you can enjoy the swim!

So stay tuned for more time-wise responses to unhelpful, perfectionistic messages in my next post.

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