Good Enough

I describe myself as a Recovering Perfectionist with a Type A personality and OCD tendancies.

I struggle with finding ‘good enough’. When will I be good enough? Is it possible to be good enough. What if someone doesn’t think I am good enough? These questions haunt me, and as I have spoken with other women, I realize I am not alone.

I often paralyze and don’t do anything if I feel I will not be able to perform to perfection. This is neither healthy nor productive.

I was reminded today of the phrase “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

Despite the basketball picture I created, this led to a discussion on baseball. The batting average of most professional players is between .250 and .275. Someone with a batting average over .300 is considered a very good batter and can be paid millions of dollars.

That player worth millions of dollars may hit the ball once every three times; that’s a success rate of one third.

So why do I feel unworthy when I do not perform at 100% excellence all the time?

Looking with a new perspective, it is time to take a step back and re-evaluate my need for personal perfectionism.

I will continue to always give my best, but I must learn to take a step back to reconsider giving perfection.

It is hard to accept there is a difference between doing my best and being perfect. It is a LIE I have been telling myself. I need to start practicing my own preaching about LIES.

Perfection is not the definition of ‘Good Enough’. Giving my best, is. And yes, TerryAnn, there IS a difference.

How do you fight the need to be perfect?

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