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  • Writer's pictureHouria Bellatif

Progression: Antidote of Perfectionism's shackles

Have you ever found yourself caught up in a perpetual cycle of striving for perfection, only to feel trapped and unable to move forward? The desire for everything to be flawless before taking any steps forward can be a significant hindrance to our personal growth. 

Not too long ago, I experienced firsthand the challenges posed by this struggle as I embarked on my journey into the world of "Solopreneurship." Let me tell you, it was a frightening experience. It was during this time that I began to realize that perfectionism might be nothing more than a mask, concealing deeper emotions such as fear, anxiety, and imposter syndrome. In this short read, I aim to shed light on the debilitating effects of perfectionism and provide strategies to liberate ourselves from its grasp. I hope that it would invite every reader to embrace the power of incremental growth.

Perfectionism is an intricate web that can entangle us in its grip. It demands flawlessness, leaving no room for mistakes or imperfections. While this pursuit of excellence can drive us to achieve great things, it often comes at a cost. Perfectionism manifests itself when we become fixated on our errors and perceived flaws, neglecting to celebrate our successes and victories. This relentless pursuit can breed dissatisfaction, even in the face of accomplishments. It is essential to recognize the imbalance between healthy striving for excellence and the debilitating pressure of perfectionism.

On the other hand, progression is a path that leads to growth, self-improvement, and the acceptance of ourselves as we are. It invites us to expand our horizons, learn from our experiences, and celebrate incremental steps forward. Progression acknowledges that pursuing perfection is an unrealistic standard that stifles creativity and hinders genuine progress. Choosing progression means embracing our flaws and imperfections and understanding that they are integral to our journey.

Transitioning from perfectionism to progression requires a shift in our way of thinking and being. Here are some actionable strategies to help you embrace progress and free yourself from the chains of perfectionism:

  1. Accept imperfection: Understand that not every task needs to be perfect. Embrace the fulfilling emotions that come with steady progress, no matter how small.

  2. Set realistic goals: Break down your larger goals into smaller, achievable milestones. Set realistic expectations for yourself and celebrate each milestone as a step forward. This approach allows you to make tangible progress while avoiding the overwhelming pressure of perfectionism.

  3. Embrace mistakes as learning opportunities: Instead of dwelling on mistakes, see them as valuable lessons. Reflect on what went wrong, learn from it, and apply those lessons to future endeavors. Remember that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process and an opportunity for growth.

  4. Celebrate small successes: Shift your mind to acknowledge the effort you put into making progress and celebrate each step forward, no matter how small.  Embrace the journey and its growth rather than fixating on the end result.

  5. Surround yourself with supportive people: Seek out a network of supportive individuals who understand the importance of progress and can provide encouragement and perspective. Share your struggles and successes with them, and allow their support to bolster your journey toward embracing progress.

  6. 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞 s𝐞𝐥𝐟-c𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧: Be kind to yourself and cultivate self-compassion. Treat yourself with the same understanding and forgiveness you would extend to a friend. Recognize that you are human and that making mistakes or falling short of perfection is normal.

Remember that progress is a continuous process, and setbacks are natural. When faced with obstacles or failures, view them as stepping stones to refine your approach and move forward with newfound knowledge and resilience.

Ultimately, the choice between progression and perfectionism lies within each of us. I invite you to embrace the power of progress. Take small, manageable steps toward your goals, knowing that progress, not perfection, is the accurate measure of success. Take a moment to reflect on where you stand. 𝑨𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒍𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒑𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒖𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒑𝒆𝒓𝒇𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏, 𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒃𝒂𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒋𝒐𝒚 𝒐𝒇 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔?

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