October 2016

How I’m Recovering From Perfectionism

Perfectionism is a sneaky mental illness. I know because I’m a recovering perfectionism addict.

On the surface, the voice of perfection makes you think that it’s only trying to help.

After all it only wants to help you be all that you can be, right? Not only that, but it’s supposedly protecting you from the devastating effects of failure. It’s there to shield you, so you don’t let yourself and others down.

Cloaked in its desire to help you be the best, to avoid failure, to reach your potential, the devious voice of perfectionism can lure you into thinking it’s doing you a service.

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You Don’t Have to Change the World

It feels like there’s this big push in our era to find your One True Purpose and live and breathe it every single day.

I’ll be the first to admit, I got caught in that trap.

And for me, it’s often got in the way more than it’s helped.

While I do think it’s important to find work that is meaningful, aligned and enjoyable, sometimes we can get too caught up in making it epic that we end up getting in the way of… doing the actual work.

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