Just Right: Embracing ‘Good Enough’

Nov 15, 2023 | Uncategorized

Allowing ourselves to be "good enough" can be freeing, for our mental and emotional health. Constantly striving for perfection can cause us to feel unbalanced or content. Giving our best and being satisfied with "good enough" can be freeing in…

In our world where everyone wants things to be perfect and finds fault when it is not, it’s important to understand that sometimes, being “good enough” is really amazing. Pursuing perfection is admirable but we also need to recognize that striving for constant perfection can lead to us not feeling balanced or content with what we have. Let’s talk about why it’s okay to not always aim for perfection and how it can make our lives better.

The Problem with Trying to be Perfect

Trying to be perfect all the time can be a bit tricky. While it’s good to want to do our best or to be the best at whatever it is that we do, either at work and at home or both, always wanting things to be perfect can make us feel stressed out and not happy with what we’ve done. When we embrace the “good enough,” we are able to allow ourselves to enjoy what we have and be in the moment. “Good enough” gives us the permission to know we did our absolute best and we can go back to make tweaks to make it better the next time around.

Being Okay with Imperfections

“Good enough” doesn’t mean we’re not doing well. It means we’re doing our best without worrying too much about being perfect. “Good enough” means that we did as much as we could with the time and resources we were given. It’s like saying it’s okay to have a few mistakes because that’s what makes us special, it makes us human – an acknowledgment that perfection is often unattainable and that there’s real beauty in imperfection. Embracing imperfection allows us to appreciate the unique qualities that make us and our work who we really are. Imperfectly perfect is our mantra!

Learning and Getting Better

When we stop worrying about being perfect, we can learn and grow more. It’s like saying, “I did my best, and that’s awesome!” It allows us to reflect on what we did, change what we can and improve the next time the task comes around. We can still get better without being scared of making mistakes. It’s all in our mindset of allowing us grow our creativity!

Letting Go and Moving Forward

Sometimes, it’s good to stop trying to make everything perfect and move on. Perfectionism can be a roadblock to progress. This doesn’t mean we’re giving up. It means we’re smart enough to know when to finish and start something new. It’s learning to trust ourselves to know when something is “good enough” so that we can move forward to the next project.

Saving Time and Energy

Trying to be perfect all the time can take up a lot of our time and energy. It’s exhausting. But, when we say something is “good enough,” it lets us focus on other important things in our lives, like spending time with friends or doing things we enjoy. Think of it as a form of self-care.

Being Kind to Ourselves

“Good enough” is also about being kind to ourselves. It’s like being a good friend to yourself. When we’re okay with being “good enough,” we feel better about who we are. Again, another form of self-care in taking care of our mental health and giving our mind and body a break from the stresses of perfectionism.

In a world where everyone wants everything to be perfect, it’s good to remember that being “good enough” is really great. It’s about finding the right balance between doing our best and being happy with what we’ve done. So, the next time you’re trying to be perfect, just remember: being “good enough” is truly good enough!