Do you feel like you are “chasing perfect” in some ways—attempting to measure up to an impossible standard?
Write down or say aloud how that is making you feel.
This is something that I will be 100% honest with you about. I do this A LOT! I am not used to failure and growing up…there was not much that I set out to do that didn’t happen. I set goals…I reached them. Then I went to college and even after college. Even though I was successful and I did things that seemed to be achieving my goals…I was always measuring myself up to the girls that did it better than me. I was always trying to be perfect on the outside for all the wrong people which in turn made me less than perfect on the inside. I felt LESS.
I still try to be perfect. The perfect mom, hostess, friend, wife, coach, business woman. It’s tough and I get caught up in the hustle and the hurriedness to make it all happen and be everything to everyone and be Good at all of it all at once.
I was having a conversation this week about just this exact thing and it got me thinking. Why do I do that? Why do I let others (who actually could care less) make me feel like “less”? They don’t care and don’t even think about it the way I do. I am the one who places these thoughts and images onto myself. I am the one trying to be the image of perfect. But the truth is…the only one I need to be “perfect for is “God” and in his eyes I am perfect just as he made me.
So I am working on this. I am striving to be perfect in the image that I was created and for nothing else. The rest…I will continue to strive to reach goals and to accomplish more but just in a different light. I want to be AMAZING at the things that matter. The things that make a difference. I would rather be amazing at those things than just okay or good at everything.
Anyway…thanks for listening. If you want to do this with me I invite you to join me in reading a book this month. To focus on you and God and how to Make things happen in your life and become less hurried and anxious about being “perfect”. I can’t wait to read the rest of this book. I read a chapter a day or at least 10 pages.