Below is an interesting article about perfectionism by fitness writer Michelle Sutton-Kerchner.
Procrastination is a lifestyle for many. The perfectionist in us delays tasks until they can be executed flawlessly. The result: A growing list of ignored workouts, unfinished projects, and missed lifetime opportunities.
Stop waiting for the perfect time. It’s already here …
As a perfectionist, the pressure is always on the self and the need to meet high expectations (that are often unreasonable). It takes a lot of energy to live that way in our imperfect world. Something is better than nothing. That should be the perfectionist’s mantra. Stop allowing perfectionism to interfere with your attempts at healthy living. Accept reality and work with it. The first step in every task is often the hardest, so don’t add the pressures of perfection.
Acknowledge All Efforts
This can mean giving yourself credit for simply showing up. Stop at the gym, even if you are not “up for” your workout. Experiment with a variety of exercise equipment. You may not accomplish a full workout, but you will progress along your journey to a healthier lifestyle.
If you forgot your bathing suit for your aquatics workout, lace up your sneakers and hit the exercise Floor. No sneakers? It may be time to give a barefoot group fitness class a try. If the day does not allow your daily one-hour workout, increase the intensity and accomplish a half-hour. Achieving the non-perfect workout is better than no workout at all.
Don’t give up because conditions are not ideal. Compromise and make it work. Whatever you do, even if a portion of the whole, do it with vigor and self-confidence. You are striving to improve with each movement. That’s what counts.
You won’t always be perfect at exercise, or at life. You do not need to be. Give your best effort, and be happy with yourself. Your goal may be 30 minutes on a piece of gym equipment, but 20 minutes might best for today. Weight loss goals may elude you, but notice other improvements in your health as you persevere. Perhaps one healthy improvement can be accepting yourself as you are today– a person who is striving to become healthier, stronger, and happier.
Stop being preoccupied with a perfect performance, whether in sports or everyday life. This mentality distracts and drains energy and pleasure. Suddenly, the sport/hobby/workout becomes a chore where self-satisfaction and enjoyment are replaced with doubt and struggle to gain the unachievable.
Keep your expectations realistic, and remember the following:
- Do It Right, Not Perfect
- Even Paradise Has Flaws.
- Perfect Being Imperfect
The path to life is frequently marked with detours and obstacles. An unbending road often leads to a dead-end. Mistakes and change are a couple of life’s only constants. Stop procrastinating for fear of flaws. Embrace this imperfect life and all you can learn from it.
As a highly sensitive person and confessed perfectionist, I can definitely relate to this article! For me, perfectionism can be roadblock that delays projects and keeps me from getting things done. I especially loved the mantra, “Something is better than nothing.” What about you? Are you a perfectionist? What do you think of this article? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.