I am so glad I stopped trying to be perfect. Working so hard attempting to be something that was impossible to attain was a drag. It was depressing to stumble and fall and then beat myself up for thinking I should have done better. Or that I was stupid or not trying hard enough.
One day I had enough with being a perfectionist and then a funny thing happened. When I stopped worrying about making mistakes I stopped making as many mistakes. Instead of being nervous that I would mess up I was able to focus on whatever I was doing so I actually did my best.
I am not perfect and don’t plan to ever be. But that does not mean I let my behavior slide. No, I work very hard to be the best me possible. I carefully watch what I say, what I think, my actions, and how I treat myself, other people and all life. And if I mess up I do my best to learn from the mistake.
Yes, I am happier and create my life better now. And, since I stopped trying to be perfect I no longer expect other people to be perfect either. Boy has that helped strengthen all of my relationships. Especially the one I have with me.