Before you read this post make sure that you check out the
first installment of my Practicing being Imperfect series:
For those of you that have already read Part 1, let's take some time today to discuss Tips #2 and #3 for how to overcome perfectionism found in the book “The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life” by Tal Ben-Shahar, PhD.
Tip #2 Practice being imperfect: That is pretty self-explanatory. Take risks and allow yourself to make mistakes. Yes, it may be difficult in the beginning but practice makes perfect, right? J
Tip #3 Savor satisfaction for what you’ve achieved: It is very important that you learn how to rejoice in your triumphs. Many times we focus solely on our failures and/or areas of challenge. My GLACUHO Connections Mentor, Ann Marie Klotz from DePaul University, is always great about making sure that I recognize my triumphs. She encourages me to make sure I take the time reflect on the following two questions: What have been your recent victories? Have you taken time to celebrate those?
Now is my time to extend that challenge to you. Make sure that you take the time at least weekly to reflect on those two questions. Maybe you put it on a weekly agenda at a staff meeting, or you ask your supervisor to incorporate it into your 1:1 time. However you do it, be sure that you take some time to focus on your achievements.
Stay tuned for 2 more tips for how to overcome a perfectionist way of thinking later this week.
Beyonce says it best in her song Flaws and All,
“I'm a host of imperfection…you see potential in my flaws and that’s exactly what I need”.
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