I’m a recovering perfectionist. I say “recovering” because overcoming perfectionism is a huge undertaking that is ongoing and probably lifelong. I’m a work in progress, and I’m making my peace with that.
However, it’s worth noting that even though I’ve come a long way in letting go of perfectionism, the perfectionist in me still emerges every day. Recovering from perfectionism is like playing whack-a-mole with yourself. You’ve got to beat that perfectionist into submission!
A lot of people don’t realize what being a perfectionist looks like in day-to-day life, or how difficult overcoming perfectionism can be. Here are a few of my confessions as a recovering perfectionist.
Are you wondering how to be happy? I’m going to let you in on the BIG SECRET to happiness…
Happiness is a choice.
Even if you don’t believe me, it’s true!
You might be thinking…”I don’t feel happy.”
I get it. Most of the time, I don’t “feel” happy either. In fact, most days I wake up feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck. But I’m still happy.
Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? How is this possible?
*NOTE* This post mentions God. If that term doesn't resonate with you, feel free to replace it with Source, Universe, or whatever other word feels good to you.
With my history of anxiety and depression, I’ve never been very good at letting go of anger.
I can recall the moment in which I learned how to let go of anger and frustration. I’d never been so angry in my life.
I'm not a naturally thankful person. I have to consciously work to have and express gratitude. Here are some of the ways I've learned how to be more grateful.
Affirmations… life-changing miracle or just a bunch of hype?
I've personally had great success using positive affirmations to alleviate anxiety and depression, cope with stress and chronic illness, and overall maintain a positive attitude and outlook on life.
What’s important to know about affirmations is that there’s no one-size-fits-all mantra out there. Additionally, there’s no right or wrong way to use them. Positive affirmations aren’t about “doing it right” or “doing it enough,” but about using a tool that’s effective and meaningful for you.
You can’t go wrong with affirmations. If you’re a recovering perfectionist like me, then this is really great news.
Here are some tips for making the most of your positive affirmations. Again, there’s no right or wrong way to use them. Try things out and see what works best for you.
Nicole Starbuck is an intuitive business coach helping spiritual women entrepreneurs stress less, achieve more, and build 6-figure online empires online without the burnout. Click here to learn more.