Hi my name is Bekah and I am a recovering perfection-olic. I used to strive for perfection in all areas of my life and continuously feel discouraged when I fell short. Unfortunately I was always let down because everyone knows there is no such thing as perfect! As I got older I realized striving for perfect is not only an unrealistic goal but it’s dangerous. Why? Because when I would not meet my goal of perfection, like most people I would throw the baby out with the bath water. Eventually I changed my goal from perfection to progression.
Recently I have come face to face with the old perfection complex. I am currently 14 weeks pregnant and trying my best to eat healthy and take care of myself. The problem is the eating healthy thing is not going as well as planned. I won’t go into detail but a lot of carbs have been consumed over the last few weeks and vegetables have been scarce. I usually eat super healthy and super clean, and this slump has really made me feel bad about myself. I have really had to focus on the progress I have made versus the days which I have viewed as a failure in regards to eating healthy.
The desire and want that leads to striving for perfection is not the problem. Most people who are striving for perfection are really saying I want to be great in a certain area or achieve a specific goal. Wanting these things are not bad. Wanting these things are not even unrealistic, but actually are completely possible. Striving for perfection however is not how you achieve them. Small victories are how you achieve your goals. Making progress every day is how you find success. Every step you make towards your goal allows you to be closer to achieving that goal.
So what happens when you make a misstep? Well if you are striving for perfection it’s a big failure and you go back to square one! When striving for progression and you make a misstep it doesn’t bring you back to the beginning of your journey, it just puts you one step behind. And that is fine, sometimes when you’re tired and pregnant and really want a bagel, you’re ok with one step behind.
In my life I continuously strive to be healthier each day, rather than eat perfectly every day. The more knowledge I gain on how to nourish and fuel my body the healthier I become. If I look back at my first pregnancy I am a lot healthy this time around than the first time. To me that is success.
Getting a little bit better every day is how major success happens, success doesn’t happen overnight. If you listen to any success story whether it’s weight loss, starting a business or becoming a rock star, the same thing is said over and over again, nothing happens overnight and you will fall down at times but you must get back up and keep trying. The next time you get stressed from falling short of perfection- remember you are striving for progression not perfection!!!
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