Friday, September 07, 2012
Some days I'm a rock star! I eat healthy foods, diligently work for 12 hours with amazing progress, run 5 miles or do TurboFire with high intensity intervals, hang out with my husband, and win dominantly in my favorite strategy board games.
Other days I'm a hot melty emotional mess. One poor decision begets another and it snowballs. I have trouble visualizing how to get back on track to work towards my goals in health, fitness, or my research.
I've realized lately that my perfectionism stresses me out sometimes. I ran across the mantra "strive for progress, not perfection" during one of the SparkPeople Lifestyle Change Strategies on motivation. Now I'm applying that mantra to the strategy of overcoming setbacks.
Every day is a new day with new opportunities for progress, not making up for previous imperfections. I know that sometimes I need the emotional venting and the comfort of my sweet husband giving me pep talks, drying my tears, and reminding me that it's ok to take a break sometimes and go back to goal progress later. I also get reinvigorated and reduce my stress levels when I take time to do yoga or go for a trail run. I need to prioritize these balancing activities to keep myself moving forward. I need to deal with the occasional setbacks and focus proactively on keeping the net progress positive.
Do you struggle with perfectionism? Any strategies you find particularly effective for dealing with it?