Embracing imperfection isn’t as hard as it sounds. Learning to embrace and celebrate your imperfections can have a profound ripple effect that affects all aspects of your life!
1. Accept that nothing in this world that has natural origins, as we humans do, is perfect or will ever be perfect. Knowing this should allow you to slow down and smell the roses! And just because you know nothing is perfect doesn’t mean you must stop trying your best. It simply means you can stop worrying about being imperfect because everybody is!
2. Begin to see your imperfections as strengths and benefits. You can view just about anything, either negatively or positively. Positive thinking is a way of life and can also be a learned skill. You may think, “I have such huge, embarrassing hands.” But those large hands with long fingers are perfect for playing guitar or piano, palming a basketball, or wrapping around a child’s hands, making them feel safe. Learning to see the positive in those things you now view negatively will help you have an attitude!
3. To embrace imperfection, be sure of where you’re headed. This clarity of direction in your life will take the pressure off how you get there. So long as you’re moving towards the goal, being perfect in getting there becomes much less critical. If you have a clear direction and purpose, let that give you the self-confidence you need to embrace getting there in a poor manner.
4. Once you learn to let go of perfection, it becomes easier to relax and laugh, especially at yourself! Learning not to take things so seriously is a skill that will serve anyone well because it permits you to let go of self-consciousness and laugh at the goofy or funny things you do or that happen to you.
5. Choose your battles. Life is too short, and we only have one shot at it. By learning to embrace our imperfections, we also know that not all of what we consider essential is. Learning to choose your battles and prioritise those things that genuinely matter allows you to live a more fulfilling life. As they say, don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff!