Letting Go of Perfectionism: Why Accepting Change is the Key to Happiness
Perfectionism is a common trait among millennial women who strive for excellence in every aspect of their lives. However, the pursuit of perfection can lead to negative self-talk, anxiety, and burnout. It can be difficult to let go of this mindset, but it’s essential to accept that change is an integral part of life and can bring new opportunities for growth and happiness.
Accepting change starts with acknowledging that perfection is unattainable and that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. Embracing change requires a shift in mindset and a willingness to let go of control. It’s important to recognize that we can’t control everything and that change is a necessary part of life.
One way to let go of perfectionism and embrace change is to focus on progress instead of perfection. Setting achievable goals and celebrating small wins along the way can help build confidence and provide a sense of accomplishment. By focusing on progress, we can learn to appreciate the journey rather than just the destination.
Another way to embrace change is to practice self-compassion. It’s essential to recognize that we all make mistakes and that self-criticism only perpetuates the cycle of perfectionism. Self-compassion involves treating ourselves with kindness, understanding, and forgiveness, even in difficult times.
Finally, it’s essential to recognize that change is not always easy, and it can be challenging to let go of old habits and mindsets. It’s okay to seek support from friends, family, or a therapist to help navigate these changes. Remember that embracing change can lead to new experiences, growth, and ultimately, happiness.
In conclusion, letting go of perfectionism and embracing change can be challenging, but it’s essential for our emotional well-being. By shifting our mindset and focusing on progress, practicing self-compassion, and seeking support when needed, we can break the cycle of self-criticism and find happiness in the journey of life.
Jenmarie Eadie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about empowering women to take control of their mental health by finding balance and inner peace in the midst of perfectionism and anxiety. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State with a concentration in Behavioral Health. Her proudest accomplishment is following her dream of opening up a practice focused on helping high-achieving, goal-oriented women. She currently serves women in California and Oregon (CA LCSW# 66634 and OR# L13328).