Your best is good enough. This is my mantra for this year, seriously.
Often times we try to be perfect in all things and if we don’t live up to our own expectations then we feel like we aren’t doing enough.
But look at everything we have to accomplish everyday. We have the 3 F commitments, but where do we fall into this? Usually we leave ourselves out. And you know what? That’s the quick road to burnout.
We all have commitments to the 3 F’s in life. What are the 3 F’s? Well, that would be financial, family, and friends.
If we’re not careful these commitments can take over and leave no room for us.
The problem is when we shoot for perfection in everything we end up doing nothing.
True story about how I made it through grad school.
I’m the first to admit that I am a perfectionist by nature. Therefore, I tend to procrastinate (a lot).
Why? I want to mull things over so that they are perfect.
This led to purposeful procrastination. The way this works is I would end up leaving just enough time to get done without the ability to overthink things.
My best was good enough.
The result was I made it through grad school with only one B grade. (Honestly, that was because when I chose to write a major paper I was too tired to write what the professor wanted to hear and instead was honest about it. Oops, my bad.)
Your Best is Good Enough
I really want you to internalize this information.
We go through life doing everything for everybody else.
When was the last time you did something for you?
And often times we want things to be perfectly planned before we even commit to doing them.
Ever try to plan the perfect weekend activity and end up not doing anything because you can’t make it happen? Yep, me too.
Or be disappointed like the whole day was a waste when it didn’t go perfectly according to plan? Yep, that one too.
This type of thing can cause mountains of mommy guilt.
We all suffer through mommy guilt at one time or another. I know I’ve had my fair share.
The worst was when my kids said that they would be glad when I was done with school in my last semester. I was interning and gone for up to 12 hours a day and when I was home I was working on homework.
They just wanted me to be present, in the moment.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Listen close now. That’s all your loved ones want too.
This is why your best is good enough.
Play a simple game.
Take a walk in the sunshine.
Take minute to stop and talk to them, really listen.
Take a few minutes each day for yourself. This will help to refresh you.
But most of all remember that you don’t need perfection.
Your best is good enough.
Do you struggle with perfectionism? Any tips on realizing your best is good enough? Share in the comments below.