Overcoming The Trap Of “Perfectionism”

Trying to be perfect, comparing yourself to others, fearing that you won’t be good enough or perfect enough… It’s a trap that most of us have been in at some point in our lives.  And it’s incredibly self-limiting and self-sabotaging.  So how do you overcome the trap of perfectionism?  Click play on the video down below to find out more…

Just imagine… What would your life be like if you were able to see the complete perfection that always exists in yourself, in others, and in every moment?  There’s an unfathomable amount of joy, love, and bliss that’s available to us when we let go of our ideas about what’s “perfect” and the battle to try and live up to them… and simply surrender to the perfection that already exists within everything! You really are whole, complete, and perfect just as you are!

To Your True Empowerment,

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timothy willan April 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Thanks katie! Looking forward to sharping some tools!
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Dale Holmes April 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

The Perfection Paradox!

Golly, Katie, you really nailed it with this video!

It’s perfect! :)

Speaking about fascinating paradoxes, I assume you’re familar with the “Mobius Strip” where you give a strip of paper a single twist and then stick the ends together to form a ring.

Then you take a pen and draw a line down the center of the strip and rather incredibly after you go all the way around the ring you find yourself coming right back to where you started!?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%B6bius_strip

It’s about as good a metaphor as I’ve been able to come up with to describe what I call the “Self/World Paradox.”

On the one hand each of us is individual self living in the world. But at the same time we know, thank you neurosciences, that our experience of the world is completely a function of our perception of it.

For example, our experience of a tuna sandwich is completely a function of how hungry we are and if we happen to like tuna.

So in a Mobius Strip kind of way there is absolutely no discontinuity between self and world. Inside is outside and outside is inside.

But I think the coolest implication of this paradox is that it
means that factually other people do not exist separate from us because our experience of them is completely a function of our perception of them.

Which is to say that when we interact with other people, we are, in fact, actually interacting with our self!

Holy Moly!

This a new realization for me and I’m still kind of shocked by it. Sure gives all new meaning to love, compassion, empathy and altruism!

It’s so amazing to look at another person and realize that we’re really, truly and actually just looking in the mirror!

What could possibly be cooler?!

I love it, I really do!

Dale

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Kat Hudson April 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Oh my goodness – perfect timing for this post! I set incredibly high standards for myself I realized the other day, that as I grow I raise the bar higher – sometimes it’s OK to just be OK and with incredibly high standards I realized that my OK is actually brilliance to others – it’s all about perception :)

x
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Brey April 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I have an intriguing question for you that I’ve been pondering about that I’m trying to understand, it comes from the belief “I’m not enough” a derivative of this being “I’m not knowledgable enough or capable enough…to do whatever it is I want to do”. I find this perfectionistic belief limiting because you pass your time seeking and seeking and gaining and never feeling you are ready enough to take action or lets say you come up with an intangible money making idea you think out the process but then you are thinking if it will make you enough money, and that it takes too much time and hardwork so you start seeking better ideas or ways. Now if I shift my belief to “I am enough” won’t this limit me from personal growth? What’s your opinion about this paradox?:)

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Meg MacQueen April 26, 2011 at 4:37 am

Love this! These are such important points and also great to read periodically when fears may start percolating. Sometimes it’s difficult not to pick them up from other people and then we wonder what just “doesn’t feel right”. These are wonderful keys – thank-you Katie!

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Ellen Pouw April 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Thanks for making this subject visual for me, that is really been helpfull for me.

Ellen

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Pete Sapper May 1, 2011 at 4:39 am

I’ve found that perfectionism in my life has always been about control. Specifically, it’s been about trying to control an outcome. It’s also made for a great excuse to procrastinate and sabotage my early success as an entrepreneur. Great content as always, Katie.

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Tonya R. Taylor - Your Savvy Online Business Builder July 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

Katie,

This is one subject I never get tired of reading about or discussing. I am one of those people who tries so hard to make everything perfect. Now here’s the thing, I know my quest to be perfect may cause me to do things a little slower than it should. In a way it also promotes procrastination because of my fear of it not being good enough. I would take your advice and practice letting go and just doing it. Thanks!

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Etieno Etuk October 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

This is an awesome post, Katie. You’re so right…we tend to strive for perfection because we’re trying to please other people. The need to be perfect definitely holds us back from being at our best.

Thanks for sharing.

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Eamon November 7, 2011 at 5:28 am

Great post. We too often look at the strengths and weakness of others rather looking at our own.

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Janet I Mueller November 7, 2011 at 7:33 am

Love this post Katie.
For those newer to network marketing, it’s more important to learn and take action than focus on trying to be perfect. The truth is none of us are perfect, our own unique and beautiful light is what makes each person special. Being authentic and real trumps perfection anytime. Perfect would be boring!
Great post Katie!

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DJ Sobanjo February 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

Hi Katie,

I’ve been following you for over a year and I must say we share a lot in common.

I actually recorded a video on the same topic at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InpLeCcdj_4&feature=related.

You are a great example of what focused hard work produces.

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