I learned a lot in university, but not really how REAL life works. So there I was all graduated with big plans of taking Academia by storm. In hindsight, not so much because I really wanted to work in Academia but more because I didn’t know any different.
Diploma in hand, I started out on my journey to get a PhD because I thought I needed one to be somebody. I thought that I needed one to go places. There was just no room for experimentation. It was my way or the high way.
Looking for the perfect opportunity.
I just couldn’t see all the opportunities the Universe, source, god – whatever floats your boat – was handing to me. I really thought I could control and dictate what that opportunity would look like. I really thought I needed a PhD when I really didn’t.
The result: Unhappy, ungrateful. Stuck.
Here I was, still standing there in the rain, my diploma in hand. Because no opportunity that came by was exactly as I had constructed it in my head.
I was so focused on perfection that a lot of imperfect opportunities that could have let me on a merry adventure passed me by and I was stuck feeling like life was passing me by.
Stuck in perfectionism
Perfectionism can ruin many adventures. You and I could have already been on our way if we’d just let go of control and trusted a little bit. If we’d been open to the imperfect.
My new motto in life is to take it by the balls.
If an opportunity comes your way but you feel resistance, first ask yourself:
Is this fear talking? Am I aiming for perfection? OR could this be a perfectly imperfect opportunity that requires me to focus on the feeling of curiosity?
Trust the spark of curiosity
Don’t be blinded by perfection. You never know what a seemingly imperfect opportunity could lead to. Trust your gut, not your fear. Those are two different feelings.
From one (former) perfectionist to another, drop all those balls you’ve got up there, in the air – they are ready to fall and so are you.
Let yourself fail.
Breathe in, breathe out. See. The world is still revolving around you. You are still here.
Be open to the possibilities.
Don’t think from your current frame of mind, limiting beliefs, and knowledge. There’s more to life than you can see for yourself right now.
This is not a time to think in boxes.
Keep it playful! Ask yourself, how can I be more curious today? And let me know on Social Media!
Adventure awaits when you let go of perfectionism!
Are you ready to let go of perfectionism? I invite you to participate in the 10 days of Adventure Challenge. From December 9th until the 18th, I will send you daily emails to help you from dreaming to doing in small actionable steps!
Let’s start believing in ourselves and go for our dreams!