Thoughts on Perfectionism…the double edged sword

“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.”- Eckhart Tolle

 

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The price of perfectionism. The implications that perfectionism bring unto the mind and body can be detrimental to living happily. When you are always searching for the flaws in everything and everyone, they become all-consuming and overpower the mind’s ability to just…BE PRESENT and VALUE yourself.

Perfectionism makes it difficult to appreciate the beauty around you. The depth of green in the trees, your child’s laughter at the simple things life, and the joy of just being ALIVE. Time seems to slip away as indulgence in imperfections consume your mind, before you know it, an hour has gone by and you haven’t gotten very far. And then your family asks “Are you ready, yet? You take FOREVER to get ready!” They joke about how long it takes you to make a SIMPLE decision, which only fuels the perfectionism with more unwanted thoughts.

True story. Perfectionism – my archenemy – inculcates my mind with unwarranted self-criticism and fear; that invariably hinders my ability to move forward and continue growing. It is during these times that I have to check in with myself, take a few deep breaths, be present, and remind my mind that it is making assumptions that are likely not true – time to move forward, show myself compassion and love.

Today’s goal is to appreciate the intangible beauty around me and to let my thoughts drift out of my mind as quickly as they are formulated. “Let it goooooo!!!”

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