Is Perfection Holding You Back? It’s Time to Go Live Your Life!

You’ve surely heard someone saying obvious things like ‘live your life.’ Have you ever stopped and wondered why one would say so? People often tell this to those expecting too much, never getting satisfied, and waiting for the perfect moment. It is about time to stop and check if your wish for everything to be perfect stops you from living your life to the fullest.

They say that practice makes perfect, but what is perfection? Can it be quantified? And if yes, how do we measure perfection? It would be a lie if anyone said that they could do anything perfectly as there is always someone better at that deed.

So why do we humans always strive for perfection?

You will find people saying that they are searching for the perfect match on, to start a perfect relationship. But is it even possible? A dreamer would say yes, but a realist sticks to the fact that humans are flawed, and deals with it.

But then again, some people are still staunch perfectionists waiting to achieve the unachievable, and in the end, they end up unhappy. Let’s highlight some areas in our lives where perfectionists fail miserably.

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Areas in Life That Perfectionists Fail

Romantic relationships

Perfectionists tend to be pretty judgmental and controlling when people they date do not turn out as they envisioned them. If you do not live your life as per what they want, you always end up arguing. And eventually, the judged partner walks away.


Friendship, just like any other relationship, is a two-way street, but if you do not let your friend live life how they want, do what they want, eat what they want, you lose them. A perfectionist would wish their friend to do everything they want them to be perfect, and this is pressure no one wants to feel. This is what makes perfectionists fail in friendships.


Having a perfectionist as a parent is one of the most traumatizing things for anyone. Such a parent always wants things to be done in a certain way, and truth be told kids are different, which puts them under so much pressure. The kids resent their parents for making them feel less confident because anything they did was never enough.

Lessons We Can Learn From Perfectionists’ Failures

If you want to live your life happily, you must make a conscious decision to tone down on perfectionism. Nothing can ever be 100% perfect; hence we need to embrace what we have and adapt to it. The following are a few things we can learn from perfectionists’ failures.

Adapt to the current situation

If you want to live your life in the best way possible, you must learn to embrace how life unfolds and go with the flow. There is no one direction that life takes, and so, it is better to adapt to the situation and take one step at a time.

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Do not judge others for their shortcomings

Nothing good comes from harshly judging anyone’s mistakes, especially if they did not know any better. A perfect case is a child who is trying to learn how to kick a ball. If you pressure them, they might never kick that ball due to the scolding.

Be realistic

If you want to live your life on purpose, you must be honest with yourself and everything surrounding you. Do not expect to start earning millions if you are not doing a million-dollar-worthy job. To get to that level, you must also upgrade your skills.

Celebrate your small wins

You have to live your life fully by celebrating the small wins the same ways you do the big ones. If you managed to get to work early today the third day in a row, award yourself with some ice cream, you deserved it. Live your life for you and no one else.

Learn to manage your expectations

To live your life and grow, you should also learn to manage your expectations from both people and life in general. Things will not always go as you wish, and people will disappoint you every so often; thus, you have to be flexible not to take it to heart.

To sum up

There is nothing wrong about wanting things to turn out perfect, but if your life stops the moment you did not get the grades you hoped to get, then its time for you to change. It’s never that serious, and you can always improve. Live your life how you want, be happy, and see how easy things will get for you. Have you ever encountered a perfectionist? Are you the one yourself? What did you learn from the experience?

About the Author

Sherry is a consultant who has been involved in many successful projects with a range of companies throughout the country. She enjoys researching, discussing, and writing on the topics of relationships, weddings, and dating. When not absorbed in the latest gripping articles, Sherry loves cooking, doing sports, and otherwise spends far too much time at the computer.






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