Quite coincidentally, I have decided that this year will be the year of giving up perfection. (And not buying any more clothes until I appreciate what I have.) Yes, I’m still a chonic perfectionist but I am learning to let go. And say to myself the following affirmation: “I love and approve of myself.” Corny perhaps, but it works!
Sorry to disappoint, but this blog post isn’t a recipe for an authentic version of a Chinese dish. Insert sad trombone. :-p
I’m talking about being authentic.
My therapist recommended Brene Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. Not a big surprise there that she thought I was a perfectionist, especially after hearing Bossman’s description of me. I just finished it and even though I can relate to her stories, I don’t know how to do the things she’s suggesting:
- Authenticity. Let go of What People Think
- Self-Compassion. Let go of Perfectionism
- Resilient Spirit. Let go of Numbing and Powerlessness.
- Gratitude and Joy. Let go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark.
- Intuition and Trusting Faith. Let go of the Need for Certainty.
- Creativity. Let go of Comparison.
- Play and Rest. Let go of Exhaustion as a Status…
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