“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”
― Brené Brown
Are you crippled by needing to be perfect? Do you disregard new endeavors for fear of not being “good” or “perfect” or “educated” enough to be perfect at it right off the bat?
I think most people in the world hate to be embarrassed. This is a very normal and self-preserving feature of being human. It is what makes us work harder, listen better and put in the extra effort to not make a fool of ourselves. We do our best and prepare however we can.
Lets use dancing as an example. People don’t want to be totally embarrassed if they have to go dance in public (wedding coming up?) this is totally normal. So instead of walking out the door cold-turkey, we might take a little time to brush up on a few youtube videos, add a few new steps to our arsenal… then go give it a college try. Yeah we might look silly, but hey, we gave it our best shot. And seriously, everyone else looks silly too, right?
Perfectionism, however, goes so much further and can bring progress to a complete stand-still… if it even gets started at all. Instead of trying to learn new things, Instead of just trying to do our best, perfectionism can stop us from ever even trying. We don’t open that youtube video ever and we never step foot on the dance floor…. if we go to the wedding at all. Does this sound familiar?
Perfectionism and your health
You do not have to be perfect with your diet or your workouts. All you need to do is the best you can do…. BUT START. Starting is key. Try to learn something new often. Watch a video or read a book. Try to eliminate or cut back on things you know aren’t healthy… routinely…. until it becomes habit. Don’t quit when you fail.
If you are waiting until you are perfect with your fitness and nutrition – you will never start.