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  • Writer's pictureKim Colman


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I wrote this article on Perfection some time back, and thought I would share it again. Perfection is something that I struggle with and after working with a Coach to find out what my talents and strengths are, I discovered that perfection was actually one of my strengths. This has now enabled me to look at my perfection from a new angle.

Let Go of Perfection

Life becomes so much more interesting once we let go of our quest for perfection and aspire for imperfection instead.

It is good to remember that one of our goals in life is to not be perfect. We often lose track of this aspiration. When we make mistakes, we think that we are failing or not measuring up. But if life is about experimenting, experiencing, and learning, then to be imperfect is a prerequisite.

Life becomes much more interesting once we let go of our quest for perfection and aspire for imperfection instead. This doesn’t mean that we don’t strive to be our best. We simply accept that there is no such thing as perfection, especially in life.

All living things are in a ceaseless state of movement. Your life changes more than it stays the same. Perfection may happen in a moment, but it will not last because it is an impermanent state. Trying to hold on to perfection or forcing it to happen causes frustration and unhappiness.

In spite of this, many of us are in the habit of trying to be perfect. One way to nudge ourselves out of this tendency is to look at our lives and notice that no one is judging us to see whether or not we are perfect.

Sometimes, perfectionism is a holdover from our childhood.˜ We are adults now, and we can choose to let go of the need to perform for someone else‚s approval. Similarly, we can choose to experience the universe as a loving place where we are free to be imperfect.

Once we realise this, we can begin to take ourselves less seriously and have more fun. Imperfection is inherent to being human.

By embracing your imperfections, you embrace yourself.

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