What holds us back from success? Everyday, we face so much pressure from outside influences, particularly social media, to be perfect that it often feels like we just ain’t  good enough. We let ourselves believe that if we just achieve a certain look or a certain lifestyle, we will somehow be happier, more accepted by friends, and more loved by others, whereas this is not the truth.

Meeting the expectations of being perfect is nearly impossible. Trying to live up to the version of perfect that you or somebody else has created can leave you feeling more stressed, depressed, and ready to throw in the towel. Nobody wants to feel like they aren’t measuring up. Nobody wants to feel like a failure. This kind of stress and anxiety works its way into other areas of your life and can manifest itself as arguments with your loved ones, unexpected tears, and general unhappiness. When you feel that way, it’s okay to admit it. Recognize it, but remember that these problems are rooted in your quest to be perfect.

Letting Go of Perfectionism

It takes being different to make a difference. Our lives are already stressful with long hours at the office, not enough sleep the night before, bills to pay, and household chores. These problems are multiplied when you’re also faced with impossible-to-meet expectations. Stop pushing yourself to the point of exhaustion because you’re worried about what other people might think. You are not perfect, and you don’t have to be.

Accept your imperfection and life will perhaps reward you. It doesn’t matter who is watching you in your imperfection but what matters is how you respond to situations. Anyone can give up. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do, but to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart is true power, don’t worry about being anything more than you.

You Have Nothing to Prove to Anybody.

What if perfection, too, could reflect the present moment? What if it could be a dynamic state, as in: I can only be who I am! I believe in processes and seasons, I accept this reality .I am perfect just as I am.  Upon reflection, however, I thought that it isn’t anyone outside of me who has to accept me just as I am. I’m the one who needs to unconditionally accept myself and care for myself as much as I would care for those that are special to me.

I have learned over the years I am not my past. I am not what happened to me, and I am not my physical body. My body is a van that takes me through this world. I am so much more, I have so much to give, and I am perfect just the way I am. As I go through life there will always be someone who will criticize and judge. I will let them be. It speaks more about them than it does about me.

You are amazing and perfect just the way you are, you don’t have to change a thing, criticize yourself less and love yourself more and you will appreciate life 

“Never give up. Always let go what you can’t have” So keep moving forward, and never give up. You are precious and priceless. When we find our true nature, this is where happiness lies.
Joy cannot be found outside of ourselves. If there is something you don’t like, change it, but don’t identify with it. Every day be the best you that you can be by loving yourself.

Nancy Wyna
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