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We’re taught from a young age that it’s not enough to be great. We have to be the best.
We’re expected to have perfect grades, have a spotless house, and always put others first. And if we don’t quite meet those standards? Well, then we’re just not good enough.
But what if we stopped trying to be perfect? What if we embraced our flaws and stopped comparing ourselves to others? There’s nothing wrong with being just okay—in fact, it can be downright liberating.
So next time someone tells you that you’re not good enough, tell them you’re perfectly imperfect. And remind yourself that being just okay is more than good enough; it’s amazing.
Why It’s Important to Be Okay With Being Just Okay
When you’re constantly trying to be perfect, it’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of comparison and self-doubt. You compare your worst qualities to other people’s best qualities, and you come up short every time. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy, depression, and anxiety.
Trying to be perfect is also incredibly stressful. You’re always worried that you’re not doing enough or that you’re not good enough. This can take a toll on your mental and physical health.
Accepting yourself—flaws and all—is the first step to happiness. When you stop trying to be perfect, you can start living your life. You can focus on what’s important to you and start enjoying the moment.
Why Perfection Is Overrated
There are a few reasons why perfection is overrated.
First, perfection is impossible to achieve because there’s no such thing as perfect. Everyone has flaws, and that’s what makes us human. Embracing your imperfections is an integral part of self-acceptance.
Second, even if you could achieve perfection, it’s not sustainable. You would have to put in a lot of hard work to maintain it, and eventually, you would crack under pressure. It’s simply not worth it.
And finally, perfection is not necessary. You can be happy and successful without being perfect. In fact, striving for perfection can actually hold you back.
If you’re always trying to be perfect, you’re probably not taking risks. You’re afraid of failure, so you stick to what you know. But taking risks is essential for growth and progress. It’s how we learn and evolve.
How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
One of the best ways to stop comparing yourself to others is to focus on your own accomplishments. Start keeping a list of things you’re proud of, no matter how small.
Every time you have a success, no matter how big or small, add it to the list. This will help you remember that your mistakes and failures do not define you. You’re defined by your successes.
It’s also important to remember that everyone is on their own journey. Comparison only limits your happiness and your potential. So instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your own journey.
Embracing Your Flaws and Loving Yourself for Who You Are
The first step to accepting yourself is understanding that you’re not perfect—and that’s okay. Everyone has flaws, and that’s what makes us human.
Once you accept your imperfections, it’s much easier to start loving yourself for who you are. In being kind to yourself, you treat yourself with the same compassion and understanding that you would treat a friend. So if you make a mistake, forgive yourself. If you’re having a bad day, cut yourself some slack.
The bottom line is this: you are perfectly imperfect, and that’s more than good enough. So go out there and start living your life. Stop comparing yourself to others, and focus on your own journey.
Embrace your flaws, and love yourself for who you are—imperfections included.
After all, perfection is overrated. And being just okay? Well, it’s actually perfectly perfect.