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Mission 15: Kick The Perfectionism Habit
If you want a program that requires you to be perfect all the time, then I’m sorry to tell you – this ain’t it.
In fact, this mission is all about tattooing into your brain the idea of progress, not perfection.
And because we’re giving perfectionism the old heave ho, we’ll also develop a strategy for dealing with inevitable lapses when they happen. And they will happen. (Hence the word inevitable.)
It’s what you do most of the time that shapes your results. That’s why persistence and determination are w-a-a-ay more important than perfection, which is impossible anyway. But you knew that.
Many, perhaps most, weight-loss attempts get derailed because people expect too much of themselves, fail at this absurd level of perfection, then think they don’t have what to takes to lose weight. So they abandon the goal.
You do have what it takes: the great news is it takes less, not more than you’ve tried before.
If perfectionism has been your downfall in the past, welcome to a better way. You can be imperfect – yay!
You just need two things:
1. You need to know where to put your focus
2. You need a crucial skill that will help you weather every lapse with equanimity and determination.
Let’s turn to both of these now.
We are what we repeatedly do.
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8 thoughts on “Mission 15: Expect Imperfection”
Such a great mission. Definitely need to see a small setback for what it is rather than turn it into a major blowout. Very timely too as I just finished overeating chocolate. Getting back on the wagon right away before I do more damage!
Our group responses are: Don’t set your goals too high. Make it a realistic. If you do set it too high rewrite the goal or change
to being realistic. You want to be able to make the goal you have set.
Healthy bodies need 30 minutes of exercise each day. Children need 60 minutes a day. When it comes to perfectionism learn to be less of a perfectionist. Perfectionism is similar to OCD also known as neat freak.
This is definitinely a better way of thinking about set backs.
Don’t set your goals too high. Make it a realistic. If you do set it too high rewrite the goal or change to being realistic. You want to be able to make the goal you have set.
Healthy bodies need 30 minutes of exercise each day.
I totally loved this mission. I tend to write off the rest of the day when I have the slightest setback. Not any more… the mission is to Stay Focused.
I also learned a new word. Thanks Michele Connolly! Is anyone else practicing equanimity? Love it!
I sooo needed this right now. I am a stress eater and just lapsed last night after talking to my ex. I was considering skipping the gym this morning because I am feeling icky and bloated (and I may as well, since I fell off the wagon last night anyway!) but now I am going anyway so I can start my day off right. If I don’t, I will be fighting this thought all day: “I should pig out now because tomorrow I plan to be good”.
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