Imperfection is not the opposite of perfection. For one, both are subjective to the observer. Without seeing and reflecting on who you truly are, you won’t know what to change and what to keep.
“Accept me as I am” is a battle cry. It doesn’t mean that you won’t change detrimental habits because you are embracing who you are. It also doesn’t mean that you are promoting laziness or lack of ambition. What it does mean is that you have taken a look inside yourself and evaluated who you really are. You probably find that there are things that you like about yourself and also things that you don’t, but it has all worked together to help you become who you are today.
A healthy attitude towards imperfection says that the only way through is with love on board. Accept and embrace yourself by celebrating the qualities that make you unique. Try getting reacquainted with yourself through a few steps that will remind you of value that was there all along.
Here are five ways to truly be free by letting yourself live as you are.
5 Ways to Embrace Imperfection
- Take some serious time for introspection
Don’t be afraid to look at yourself honestly. Write down what is positive and what is negative in your eyes. Once you have your list, find ways to change the wording of those negatives so you can gain clarity on what you DO want. For example, “I am always late” can change to “I am always 15 minutes early.” “I don’t love my ankles” can change to “I wear outfits that are flattering and make me feel confident.” Great! Now create a plan to get there.
- Discover what you like to do and don’t like to do
This is helpful in your personal and professional life. Look for jobs where you will be using your skills, interests, and talents. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to events or activities that aren’t a good fit for you.
- Try something new
Try choosing bold colors instead of neutrals for your clothing or change your hairstyle. Take a different route to work. Go to a different grocery store. Try a new restaurant. Explore a different part of town. Get a Groupon and try an activity you’ve never tried. You never know what you might learn.
- Laugh more
Laughter promotes feel-good endorphin release. Take time out to not only have fun but also to rest. Both are equally restorative and promote good health. Make a habit of surrounding yourself with positive people.
- Explore your creative side
Are you a “right-brained” person? We all have creative tendencies. Find out how to stimulate that side of your brain to bring out skills you didn’t even know you had. This will have a ripple effect that will spill into other parts of your life. You may find yourself looking and solving problems differently. Engaging in creative activities can provide great stress release because it is using a different part of your brain.
“A moment of self-compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” -Christopher K. Germer