5 STARS for making progress not perfection
Focusing on making progress instead of perfection will make it much easier and enjoyable to do anything in life, but especially when taking on new challenges during this pandemic.
Whenever we feel we are making progress, it motivates us to keep going, but trying to be perfect can stop us from making any new changes.
When you want to accomplish anything in life, you might start off with full on gusto and feel confident that it will all go smoothly, but as time goes by, hurdles and challenges will set in and whatever the goal is, be it big or small, will feel harder to achieve. It is often difficult to try and reignite the buzz and excitement that originally kicked started the idea and so you give up. This scenario is very familiar to many of us but there is an easier route to take when trying to make changes or reach goals.
The first thing to do is to change your mindset. The perfectionism attitude is a buzz wreck. People can spend their whole lives putting things off simply because they strive for perfectionism & btw; DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT!
How perfectionism can keep you stuck:
*Being a perfectionist will sap your energy, time and focus. It will slow you down and make you feel lethargic.
*Perfectionism can keep you stuck and repeating the same thing without getting any results. "IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS GOT" Henry ford
*Perfectionism can stop a creative enjoyable fun flow in life. When your focus is on being flawless, you become rigid in your thinking and it hinders imagination, fresh ideas and possibilities.
*Perfectionism leads to self-criticism. If you decide to give up, the negative chipmunk in your mind can start to judge you and put you down. Not only will this insulting chatterbox in the mind make you think negative thoughts about yourself for giving up, but it could also make you believe that you were not good enough in the first place. The danger here is that you will give up altogether and never try again.
*Perfectionism makes you think in terms of winning or losing, success or failure, black or white. There is no middle ground. This way of thinking can make your motivation sky rocket up and down. For example, when things are good, you may feel capable, self assured and confident. These emotions can help you to keep striving to move forward but as soon as things get tricky or complicated, you may feel discouraged and unmotivated to keep going.
Why focusing on progress is important to stay motivated:
*If you focus on progress instead of perfection, it will make the journey to reaching your goals so much more enjoyable and easier. When you consider the progress you are making, it will make you realise that you can make changes which will fuel your motivation to get through the challenging times.
*We learn and grow when we make a mistake. All failures are learning experiences to do better the next time. When you focus on what you have learned, it gives you the freedom to experiment and see what works and feels right, in the words of Aaliyah "AT FIRST IF YOU DON'T SUCCEED, YOU CAN DUST YOURSELF OFF AND TRY AGAIN" this attitude will make the journey to diving right back in way more fun!
*If you are focused on progress not perfection, you can overcome the ups and downs of your journey more easily. You realise that you do not have to be perfect and that the path is not in one straight line. Life is always changing and nothing ever stays the same so being clung to perfectionism is a waste of time. A flexible body is easier to live in and so is a flexible mind as it can adapt to change quickly and smoothly.
*Focusing on progress not perfection is a 5 star win-win situation when trying something new, changing a habit or reaching a goal.
*TRY TO FOCUS ON PROGRESS AND NOT PERFECTION AND CELEBRATE YOUR WINS ALONG THE WAY.
If YOU DO THIS, IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER IN BOTH MIND & BODY.