Operation Skinny Jeans: Why Giving Up on Perfection Doesn’t Make You Lazy - Guest post by Kristin

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Why Giving Up on Perfection Doesn’t Make You Lazy - Guest post by Kristin

Hey everybody! My name is Kristin! This is my face:
I blog over at My Year in the Making and I'm taking over Jess' blog today!
My Year in the Making is a lifestyle blog, so basically I write about whatever floats my goat. But as a long-time reader of Operation Skinny Jeans, I knew I wanted to make sure to stick to a topic that Jess’s readers would really enjoy, and I think I may have just the thing.
Why giving up on perfection does not make you lazy: 
Tell me if this sounds familiar: "Oh my god I'm so motivated! Tomorrow I'm gonna wake up early and go to the gym! Then I'm gonna finish that work/school project! And I'm gonna eat exactly 1311 calories! Then I'm gonna make a four course meal for my significant other and be awesome and rescue some puppies from a burning building and become the mayor and and and."

We all at one time or another have had these thoughts hit us (and if you haven’t then you're obviously a superhero and I am in awe of your greatness.) We overachievers make all these plans to change everything overnight and then somehow once the alarm goes off the next morning we suddenly lose all of our motivation and roll over and go back to sleep.
We’re so busy planning out how to be overacheivers that we get overwhelmed and hide under the blankets.

If you're anything like me, this makes you feel really bad about yourself. It makes you feel lazy and unaccomplished. But are you?

No. You’re not. I’m here to tell you that right this very second, if you haven't already, you need to give up on being perfect.

Go ahead and entertain the idea for a minute. It’s fine, I’ll wait. Now...Did you hear that? The sound of explosions? Buildings burning? The sound of the zombie apocalypse beginning?

No. You didn't hear that. And to be fair, I’m absolutely not telling anyone to give up on bettering themselves. But sometimes when we are trying to better ourselves, the goal setting gets a bit out of hand. It becomes a burden. A huge anxiety. So knock it off. Stop burdening yourself with too many changes all at once. It does not mean you failed. It does not make you lazy. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay not to be perfect. Why?

Because you will never be perfect. 

It’s as simple as that. You will never be perfect. And giving up on something you truly will never be does not make you lazy. It makes you a reasonable. It keeps you sane.
We’re constantly bombarded with unrealistic expectations everywhere we turn. It’s a part of life that will not go away. So we have to take some of the pressure off of ourselves by being able to say “I am not perfect, and that’s okay.”
When we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves, it is a one way ticket to discouragement. Expecting perfection for ourselves will leave us saying “Wow, I suck. I can’t do anything.” And that’s not bettering anything, that’s just making yourself feel bad unnecessarily.

I am a firm believer in baby steps. 

So the next time you let the laundry sit in the washer a bit too long, you didn’t have time to try out that recipe you wanted to for dinner, or maybe you’re just freaking out in general over not having your s**t together, just remember: it is not the end of the world.
Take a breath. You are perfectly imperfect. Embrace it. 


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