Trying to be perfect sounds like a good thing, but it can actually impede you as you work toward optimal health. Nobody is perfect all the time, and expecting yourself to be is tough on your emotional health. That’s why today, we’re going to talk about stepping away from perfectionism!
The Case Against Perfectionism
While it’s a good thing to have high expectations for yourself, striving for perfection can be defeating. Let’s use healthy eating as an example. For just about everyone on the planet, eating healthy 100% of the time with no slip-ups is not a realistic goal. When you inevitably fall short, you’re going to feel like you’ve failed even though you’ve made a lot of healthy choices along the way. And if you feel guilty every time you enjoy a treat, you’re going to make yourself miserable in the long run!
It’s the same thing with working toward a “perfect” body. While everyone has things about themselves that they’d like to improve, the perfect body doesn’t exist. If you base your self-esteem on whether or not you’ve reached your idea of the perfect body, you may end up hurting your body image and your emotional health as a whole. Transforming your life should enhance your physical and emotional health, so it’s important not to let perfectionism get in the way!
What to Do Instead
So if you aren’t aiming for perfection, does that mean you should give up having goals and expectations for yourself entirely? Of course not! Rather than focusing on perfection, we want you to focus on creating healthy habits that you can sustain for a long time.
That’s why we built Free Meals into the Better Body System. You don’t have to eat perfectly 100% of the time to transform your life. Instead, you can eat a healthy diet of lean protein, complex carbohydrates, fruits, and vegetables most of the time, and then use your Free Meal to indulge in moderation. By building your favorite treats right into your schedule, you can enjoy them without going overboard. There’s no need for perfectionism as you transform your life!
If you have a hard time letting go of perfectionism, there are a few things you can do. First, take a look at your goals and make sure they’re realistic for you. If one of your goals requires perfection, amend it to make it more sustainable in the long run. Second, get in the habit of celebrating the progress you make along the way rather than waiting until you’ve met all your goals. And third, treat yourself with kindness. When you get off track, don’t beat yourself up for not being perfect. Instead, think of all the progress you’ve made so far and stay committed to continuing your journey to optimal health!
Perfectionism can make it more difficult to reach your goals, so we encourage you to focus on creating healthy, sustainable habits. For more tips to transform your life, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!