Do you get caught up in striving for perfection? Are you afraid of failure and ever critical of yourself and your results? This is something I’ve struggled with my entire life—over analyzing, hypercritical and rarely satisfied with my results. Perfection paralysis and the fear of failure hold many of us back from attaining our goals. We are afraid of what we might feel if we were to fail. I think for many of us we think that if we fail that means we are a failure. What’s that saying—shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll still land among the stars? Even this is a reminder that it’s okay to have big goals and, even more importantly, if you fall a little short you’ve still accomplished something great.
Maybe your goal is to run in and finish a marathon. Even if you come in dead last, you still have finished something that many people have not. Instead of focusing on the outcome we have to focus on the progress. Change your thinking from, “What happens if I fail?” to “What would I attempt to do if I knew I couldn’t fail.” For some of us this will be a daily reminder that we have to tell ourselves to push us forward, to forget that being perfect isn’t as important as the progress we make, and that crossing that finish line no matter what place we come in or how ridiculous we may think we look doing it, is something to be proud of.
Don’t be afraid of failure. Don’t let perfection paralysis take over and prevent you from achieving your goals. Focus on each day, on each workout. Focus on progress and allow yourself to be proud with the results you achieve.