Everyone seems to iron out imperfections, from using social media filters on selfies to consciously curating their lives.
It appears that any level of imperfection is intolerable, and failure is a catastrophe.
And for most people, that is just setting yourself up for an unhappy, unfulfilled life as the mirage of perfection moves further and further away.
It’s one thing to see someone’s post and gets triggered thinking that person’s life is perfect.
It’s another to try and make yourself seem perfect.
This is why you need to stop chasing perfection and embrace your imperfections.
Here are six good reasons to stop chasing that mirage and learn to embrace yourself as you are, imperfections and all.
1.You stay focused on what’s important.
Perfectionists tend to get derailed by the slightest mistake or little thing that doesn’t go right.
They agonize over details; they get in their way.
If you keep your eye on what you want to achieve, not some unattainable ideal, you’ll be much more likely to reach your goals.
2. You’ll feel lighter and happier.
Making peace with your imperfections relieves you instantly of a whole bunch of stress.
Your Inner Critic can stand down and put its feet up, allowing you to relax and get on with your life, unburdened by not feeling good enough.
Liberated from the need to be seen to be perfect, you’ll feel a lot happier and more content with who you are and what you’ve got.
3. It’s easier to stay in the present.
If you accept yourself for who you are, it becomes much easier to stay in the present and feel grateful for your life.
Instead of anxiously chasing future goals or beating yourself up for past mistakes, you can be comfortable with the here and now, knowing you’re doing your best.
4. You’ll be more compassionate.
Once you’ve stopped judging yourself for every little thing, you’ll find it easier to be kinder and more compassionate towards other people.
You’ll be more patient and not get irritated by quirks or habits where you might have reacted previously.
Embracing perfection makes you a lot less reactive all around.
5. Your relationships will improve.
Being a more accepting person will strengthen your relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and potential and current clients.
Accepting that imperfection and mistakes are a normal part of life means that you become a lot less ego-driven and judgmental.
6. You get a different perspective on life.
Once you accept that flaws and mistakes are normal and a part of the human experience, you’ll be more resilient and grounded.
You become more aware of the bigger picture and that life’s not all about you.
So here’s your action step for today. Write down one imperfect thing that drives you crazy about yourself. Look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, “I love you!”
Then embrace that one piece wholeheartedly or as much as you can.