I’m a make-it-happen kind of person. I’m not a perfectionist. I’m happy when I know I’ve given my best and I think that’s enough. The reason I’m sharing this is not so you know more about me – but because I think this is a key to living a great life: to know the difference between healthy pressure and paralysing pressure when it comes to our internal world. Yes I want to keep growing, I want to improve, but I want to keep enjoying the journey whilst trying my best; not take myself too seriously either.
Healthy pressure comes from living a big life; a life where pressure is real but it’s not just about ourselves. It’s the pressure of achieving goals, deadlines to meet and people to share our time with. Where we are stretched to be more and achieve more by giving our best.
Paralysing pressure is one where we are too hard on ourselves. The type of pressure where no matter how hard we try, we are still not good enough. Pressure that paralyses our internal world stops us from moving forward. Don’t live there. It’s draining, life-sucking and defeating.
Celebrate the Win – Don’t Beat Yourself Up
The power of goal setting – with small little baby-step goals is the ability to have a win by taking one small step in the right direction. Celebrate that win! Pat yourself on the back. If you gave your best in something then allow yourself to feel satisfied with that. Don’t beat yourself up for the outcome you didn’t achieve.
Let’s not be the type of people to avoid pressure – that won’t achieve anything but a small life. Let’s position ourselves for pressure, but in doing so, keep a check on our internal world and how we deal with pressure. Don’t allow perfectionist pity parties; where you believe you’re not good enough because your view of yourself is distorted. Let’s thrive in the pressure cooker that life is and enjoy giving our best!