How often have you not completed something or completed it and not shared it with the world because you felt it wasn’t perfect? We often don’t realize that we’re more critical of ourselves than anyone else can be. We fear the criticism of others so much that it often stops us from being our authentic self, imperfections and all!
It’s harder to hide those imperfections when you put yourself out there. Whether it be a public speaking event, or launching a brand. Mistakes happen and glitches spring up when you least expect them. I know from a recent experience that I was so focused on the mistakes made that I didn’t really take the time to acknowledge the positive feedback from others. Not that we should rely on others to make us feel good about ourselves, but it often takes another person’s point of view to shift our own perspective. What seems like such a catastrophe to us is a minor occurrence to others, if they noticed it at all! The truth is that we are all flawed. We wear masks to hide our flaws, but that can only last for so long, at some point, they are revealed.
We need to come to grips with the knowledge that none of us are perfect when held to the expectations or standards of others. We all have weaknesses and flaws. The flaws we see in others often, if not always mirror our own. Our awareness of this indicates growth. Once we are committed to working on those flaws that we can improve on, and accept with compassion those that we cannot, we are empowered. It’s time to stop searching for perfection in ourselves or in others. Embrace the reality that we are all a constant work in progress and the only time that there should be room for concern is when we believe that your work is done. Our work is complete when this lifetime comes to an end.
How will you release your need for perfection?
Now signing off with the reminder: Don’t wait for the world to recognize your greatness, live it and let the world catch up to you.