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How to Let Go of Perfectionism: Gentle is the New Perfect

LifestyleRobyn Downs10 Comments

Are you a perfectionist?

I feel like these days we know perfectionism isn’t necessarily a positive trait, yet we still embrace it. 

It’s one of those things you can cleverly cite at a job interview under “weaknesses.” As in, “I admit to being a bit of a perfectionist. I like to make sure my work is done, and that it’s done well.”

See? Not entirely negative.

Until recently I’ve worn my perfectionism comfortably in my back pocket, unaware of its effect on every decision I make, my general mindset, and ultimately my overall happiness. 

I would have told you I wasn’t actually a perfectionist at all. Sworn up and down to the contrary. Pointed to the fact that I’ve let so many things go in recent years, let failure creep into my life and been okay with the mess.