There will never be the perfect time to begin. You’ll never be ready or confident. You’ll never know enough.
We are constantly shown what perfection looks like and it’s all fake. Perfection doesn’t actually exist. Who determines what it is anyway? Yes, I will admit that there are certain standards that need to be met. But you have to start somewhere and then you begin to grow.
Hi, my name is Katie and I’m a recovered perfectionist.
I remember the fear and worry the weeks before and the night before teaching my 1st yoga class. I felt like I was going to explode with the tension (I know how silly does that sound for someone who is supposed to be zen). I look back now and think how much more I could have enjoyed the experience if I had just let go of the need for everything to be perfect. Hindsight is great but you can learn from the experience.
This is a really important lesson because it teaches you to live and enjoy the NOW. Everything always works out in the end.
Perfectionism can hold us back from living our truest potential. You realise that you could have started sooner if you had accepted where you were at and started from there. Your biggest critic is yourself and from my experience, people are so kind and supportive when you are just starting out or trying something new.
When you allow yourself to fail and mess up you learn so much. Having expectations that you need to do everything perfectly is unrealistic and will leave you feeling stressed out and miserable.
Progression is a natural process. Look at babies for example. They take everything in stages. They never run before they can walk and they do everything at their own pace, having lots of giggles and tears along the way too.
We all have dreams but fear can hold us back because it’s the fear of the unknown. Your brain is wired to keep you safe and in your comfort zone. Therefore you must get uncomfortable to work towards your dream.
Comparison is the killer of joy. Never compare your journey to anyone else’s. You rarely see the hard work and struggles people go through to get where they are and there’s definitely no such thing as an overnight success.
A Japanese proverb “Nana korobi ya oki” means fall down seven times and get up eight. This speaks to the Japanese concept of resilience.
You must keep going to move forward no matter what, but you must also know when to surrender and let go.
Always be open, honest and authentic. If you stick to this you’ll never go too far wrong and if you do you can just start all over again.
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