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Living your best life is a wonderful goal to shoot for, but many of us confuse that with living the perfect life. We get hung up on all the details, trying to make sure everything is just right. We tell ourselves it has to be the right time or the best circumstances before we’re ready to try something new or make a change. We let perfectionism hold us back. If you feel you fall into this trap, keep reading and learn how to live your best life without waiting for it to be perfect.

Consider What’s at Stake
First, when you get caught up in feeling like things have to be just right, take a minute to consider the stakes. What will you miss out on if you wait until things are perfect? What opportunity are you giving up? This simple reflection will often be enough to push you toward going after your goal, rather than waiting for a better time.

Know It’s Not All or Nothing
The all-or-nothing trap is a common one. This is the belief that you have to have all the resources in place or know everything to know before taking on a task. This line of thinking is false. It’s merely a way of getting caught up in the cycle of perfectionism and remaining in place. Take baby steps and give it a try even if you don’t have everything in place. Sometimes things come together on their own.

Change Your Self-Talk
If perfectionism is holding you back from living your best life, the chances are good that you’re probably sending yourself some negative messages. Listen to what your inner critic says to you the next time you decide that you shouldn’t do something and then see if you can’t turn that message around. If you hear yourself saying that you’ll never get the job promotion because you’re not qualified, try giving yourself some reasons why you might have what it takes and what you have to offer. Refuting negative self-talk can go a long way to stopping perfectionism in its tracks.

Learn to Accept Good Enough
Finally, try just accepting good enough and see what happens. The next time you want to do something different or step out of your comfort zone, but you don’t think you’re ready, go for it. Pay attention to how you feel and what it’s like to push past those feelings. Note the result. Maybe things won’t turn out entirely, but you may discover they end up being worthwhile anyway.

Keep these steps in mind the next time your inner perfectionist tries to sabotage you and keep you from living your best life. You may be surprised at the results.

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