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Tuesday
Jul162013

4 Working Through Imperfect Tips

How do you get motivated to move forward when the idea of “perfect” colors your goals and actions? If you or someone close to you struggles with perfectionism, then you’ll understand how challenging this can be. There’s hope. Will you consider a slight shift in perspective? If so, this could make all the difference. You might be familiar with the quote, "To err is human; to forgive, divine." I've combined that quote with other interesting versions of it to look at perfectionism and motivation in new ways. How do you work through being imperfect?

 

4 Working Through Imperfect Tips

1. Think Letting Go

“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”

– Alexander Pope

Failure is integral to life’s journey. Embrace the imperfections that are part of being human. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Let go of being perfect.

 

2. Think Learning

 “To err is human, but it feels divine.”

– Mae West

Expect that you’ll make mistakes. Make this a positive by using your imperfections as growing experiences.

 

3. Think Liberating

“To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.”

– Doug Larson

While it might be challenging to admit that you’re not perfect and that you make mistakes, do it anyway. It might be freeing. Fess up. Release the perfectionism pressure.

 

4. Think Comically

“To err is human but to really foul up requires a computer.”

– Dan Rather

It helps to remember that we’re not alone in our challenges. Having sense of humor, being flexible, and solution rather than blame oriented can help increase our motivation and push us beyond our perfectionistic tendencies.

How are you working through imperfect? What motivates you to move forward? Come join the conversation and share your thoughts.

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Reader Comments (7)

I love this! I especially share the perspective of how powerful humor can be in moving forward. Humor diffuses everyone's intensity.
Thanks for sharing!

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Nice! I love the flow of these ideas. Your use of quotes, inspired!

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlys Milner

Hey Wonderful Women! I so appreciate your enthusiastic comments.

@Ellen- Humor helps in so many ways. If we can activate that, adding lightness to the situation, we create a more positive environment for being.

@Alys- Glad you like the flow and use of quotes. A bit of research led me to the variations on the "to err is human" quote. The wonders of the world wide web!

July 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

How do I work through imperfect? Grudgingly, but getting better:-)
I've learned to use my sense of humor as you so wisely pointed out. I also try to remember what Eleanor Roosevelt said . . . "You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
Isn't this great?
Thank you for yet another refreshing article, Linda:-)

July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYota Schneider

Oh, Yota! Love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote! It certainly sheds another light on self-importance. Your honesty is refreshing...that you approach your imperfections "grudgingly." Also, I appreciate that you see the growth/learning potential in working on it. Humor and perspective...two great tools you picked. Wonderful to "hear" your voice. Are you back from your trip? If so, welcome back. If not, continue enjoying your travels.

July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Hi Linda,
California was refreshing but what can I say? Something about the "imperfect" summer in the NorthEast - humidity and all:-) I had to get back.
Can't wait to see you next week! xoxo

July 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYota Schneider

You know what Dorothy says, "There's no place like home." I love traveling, but enjoy coming home even more. Makes us appreciate what's out there and also what's right in front of us. Welcome back. Can't wait to see you next week! I want to hear all about your trip.

July 17, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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