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Embrace Imperfection…or Why I’m a Recovering Perfectionist and You Should Be Too

Updated: Jan 11, 2018

In this episode, I attempt to tackle my nemesis: perfectionism. The perfectionist tendency can draw you out of the moment and away from happiness. Imperfectionism leads to presence, a powerful happiness tool. In today’s challenge let’s learn to embrace the gift of imperfection.

Key Takeaways

  • Perfectionism means you restrict your world: you will not try things you are not good at, or just not try things at all, despite that research tells us trying novel things is an important piece for increasing happiness.

  • Recovering from perfectionism means sinking into the present moment.

  • When we leave behind perfectionism, we can start to become more present.

Today's Challenge

Start before you are ready.

  1. What can you begin before you are ready? Write down your plan and include a specific actionable item to start.

  2. Begin it!


Elizabeth Gilbert, "Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear"

Shauna Niequist, "Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living"

Mary Oliver reading Wild Geese

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