6 Strategies for Embracing Imperfections
Embracing imperfections can help you have the most success in your Avon business and live your best life!
In this hyper-competitive modern world, it’s all too easy to fall into bad habits of judging yourself and others too harshly.
Before you know it, you permanently set your inner monologue to negativity.
You feel dissatisfied and grumpy with everyone and everything.
And that’s no way to live your best life!
I get it. Nobody wants to admit they didn’t achieve their goal or show signs of even the smallest hint of failure.
Yet, failures and mistakes help us gain the respect and likability of others.
They also are how we learn so we can do better next time.
Plus, psychologists have even proven that embracing and accepting the imperfections of yourself and others really can lead to increased happiness.
Strategies For Embracing Imperfections
Here are some top strategies to help you learn to accept and even embrace imperfections in yourself and other people and leave that negative mindset behind.
1 – Be Conscious of Your Thoughts
If a negative viewpoint has become your default setting, you probably don’t even realize when you’re doing it.
Take a minute to tune into your self-talk for a moment.
Pay attention to the words you’re using so you can course-correct for more positive language.
2 – Switch up to Positive Thoughts
Consciously change your inner monologue to focus on the positives.
Instead of focusing on differences and seeing them as flaws, choose to see what is good in the other person.
If your go-to is to criticize their weight or hair, or the way they speak, reset your view of them by finding something to admire.
3 – Retune to a Color View of the World
It’s easy to fall into the habit of how we see things as right or wrong.
Sure, someone else’s choice may not be your choice, maybe you don’t like broccoli or have no desire to vacation in Antarctica.
But it doesn’t mean those other choices are wrong; they’re just different.
Seeing things in black and white is so limiting.
Open up a little and retune your worldview, so you see all the colors as equally valid.
4 – Stay in the Present
Some people keep a world history of wrongs and imperfections stretching way back.
They act almost like perfection police, waiting to add to their list of transgressions.
Or they worry about future mistakes and how to avoid them.
Don’t be that person!
You can choose to stay focused on the here and now and enjoy what’s happening in your life.
5 – Turn it Around
If you find yourself slipping back into your past habits of judging other people, turn it around and ask yourself – how would it feel if someone was judging you?
Remember that old saying about people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones?
That’s good to remember when you feel tempted to dismiss someone’s appearance or actions.
Cut people some slack and they are more likely to go easy on you.
6 – Enjoy the Process
Perfection is absolutely not the endgame in our lives as human beings.
And if everything came easily, and we never had the bad that goes with the good, what fun would our life be?
Sports games are enjoyable and meaningful because there are obstacles in the way for each team to overcome to win.
The same is true in our lives.
How we move around and through the obstacles is what makes us successful and have a full life.
Try focusing on the gameplay – as opposed to the score – and see if that shifts your experience.
Start Embracing Imperfections And Watch Your Growth
The first step in changing anything is awareness.
Pay attention to those thoughts that are always going on in our heads.
Pay attention to those moments when you criticize yourself or others for not meeting a certain ideal.
Notice the thoughts and ask yourself if they are serving you well.
If you find yourself constantly disappointed, unhappy, or overworked, consider shifting your perspective to embrace the nature of your uniqueness as your special fingerprint on this world.
You were never meant to be perfect. You were only meant to be perfectly YOU.
Celebrate your flaws, and your human-ness… and not only will you have a more successful business, but your experience in this lifetime will also be far more enjoyable, inspiring, and beautiful.
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By Lynn Huber
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