Improving Life One Experiment At A Time

PERFECTION INDUCED ABSENCE

For some of us who deal with perfectionism (and seriously, who doesn’t) strange things can happen when we take on too much. It causes us to neglect or be absent from the things we care about most. It could be we don’t feel we can connect well with another person or we may not feel we’ll perform as well as we expect to.

There are other ways that perfection can lead to anxiety and cause us to not follow through with our own goals or commitments. For me, and I imagine many of you, there is this sense of overwhelm that creeps in. It makes you feel that if you can’t do something perfectly, then you shouldn’t do it. I do not like this feeling, yet deal with it on nearly a daily basis.

You may have noticed I haven’t been doing this blogging thing “perfectly.” I mean, seriously, it has been two months since my last post! What has caused this unintended hiatus? A lot of change all at once. I did not expect that starting a new (part-time) job and school at the same time would be so consuming. I probably should have, but I didn’t. Fortunately, I am starting to get a better sense of how much time I need to devote to both to feel comfortable with my efforts, and I’m striving not to expect perfection. It’s a hard thing to do, but I’m taking it one day at a time.

As this transitional period starts to calm down, I have been thinking more about this blog and how I miss it. I wanted to do it “perfectly,” but I realize that I can’t do that right now. Instead, what matters to me is to make sure I’m sharing my experiences with you all. If I can help just one person feel better or do better, that is enough for me.

The next few months here at the Lifestyle Lab may be irregular. I hope you will be patient with me and stick it out. I have so many ideas I want to share with you. I’ll leave you now with this quote from Brené Brown:

“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.”

― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

2 Comments

  1. Candice Jones on April 30, 2019 at 3:36 am

    The quote from Brene Brown at the end really summed it all up perfectly!

    • erikaslifestylelab on May 1, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      I may have watched her “Call to Courage” documentary before making this post. 😉 However, she is always my inspiration when it comes to not giving into perfection.

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