Dr Talia Steed (MBBS)

Holistic Doctor & Yoga Teacher



The Imperfection of Perfection

Posted on October 18, 2021 at 5:35 AM

There are many reasons why perfection is imperfect.

Let loose on the human psyche it can damage and destroy.


Here are the imperfections of perfectionism:

- It makes you constantly look out for faults in things rather than beauty. It trains your eye to scan for flaws, rather than see the bigger picture.

- It stops you from doing what you want to do. If you don’t believe you can do it perfectly, then you believe you might as well not do it at all.

- It causes suffering when you expect things to turn out a certain way and your expectations are not met.

- It causes anxiety and stress related to trying to get everything just right all the time.

- It makes you tired.

- It makes you sad.

- It saps your soul.

- Basically it clouds your perspective of your world through a narrow lens, rather than a broader, all encompassing, grateful framework.


So what can we do to halt perfectionism in its tracks?

- Firstly we need to acknowledge what deep down we already know. Perfectionism is an illusion. Nothing ever was, is, or will be perfect. There is no such thing as the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect partner, because there is no such thing as the perfect person.

- Realise that no one, no even us, can do a perfect job at anything. Rather if we seek to put in our best efforts and surrender the outcome, we can be happy knowing that we have made our best attempt.

- And best efforts will vary depending on what else is going on for us. When we are well, or when we are sick. When we are energised, or when we are tired. When we have time, or when we are busy. If we allow ourselves the flexibility to do things to different standards depending on what else is happening in our lives, we take the heavy pressure and burdens off our shoulders.

- Ultimately by reminding ourselves that we are all human beings and we will make mistakes, wrong decisions and fail. But this itself is perfect in teaching us the lessons we were meant to learn and allowing us to have a rich and meaningful human experience of life.


Let go the imperfect perfection and you will be free.

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