As we explored in the last blog post, perfectionism robs us of our jolliness and infuses us with scrooge-ness over the holiday season.
And, at the end of that article, I promised to let you know how you can overcome your perfectionism to be Better Than Perfect. That’s what we will explore here.
Here’s the deal: your perfectionism is motivated by good (striving for excellence, wanting to make a positive impact, the desire to make things better). Unfortunately, it also comes with some not-so-good (conditional self-worth, stress, and never feeling like you are good enough).
I created the concept of Better Than Perfect to represent keeping the positive components of perfectionism while at the same time getting rid of the adverse factors of it.
As a recovering perfectionist, I used to feel uncomfortable with the thought of not being a perfectionist, thinking that would result in lowering my standards. But really, when we ditch perfectionism and embrace being Better Than Perfect, what we focus on are the values most important to us.
Think about it, what’s really most important to you: preparing the perfect holiday meal (and being stressed out before, during and after) or spending quality time with friends and family? My guess is you would say the latter (being Better than Perfect) but might actually focus on the former (perfectionism).
Let’s look at quick ways you can be Better than Perfect this holiday season so that you, and those around you, can be joyous.
The key is to focus on your core values, what is most important to you: family, love, health, compassion.
How will you be better than perfect this holiday season? Go to Facebook and share with us. Everyone who posts how they choose to bet Better Than Perfect over the holidays will be placed into a lottery to win the Better Than Perfect gift bundle!
This holiday season, forget perfection and be Better Than Perfect!