Imperfectly perfect


I wouldn’t consider myself a perfectionist in many things but when it comes to healthy habits, I had an ‘all or nothing’ approach. I would eat ‘perfectly’ for a few days, then give in to some cake at a friend’s house. After that, a little voice of sabotage would tell me – you’ve already had cake, why not also have some pizza and cookies, too, since today is clearly NOT a healthy day?

Ah, that little voice of sabotage! Constantly reminding me of how imperfect I am.

It used to win, until I came across this Chinese saying:

80% is perfection

What a radical shift in perspective! I discovered that when you release the need to be perfect, you can have that piece of cake if you really want to – and then go back to healthier eating. You can exercise a little less for a few days because you are busy, and then return to your usual routine. All of a sudden, you have space to be imperfect, and by creating this for yourself, healthy living becomes more enjoyable – and more achievable in the long-term.

♥ You move from perfectionism, which isn’t actually possible in the real world, to realism.

♥ You move from a deprivation mindset into an abundance mindset.

♥ You realize that it isn’t what you do occasionally that counts – it’s what you do most of the time.

♥ You learn to listen more to your body and honor it’s need to occasionally veer off the health track without judgement. Occasional lapses become an enjoyable treat rather than a guilty indulgence.

♥ Most importantly, by not listening to that little voice of sabotage in your head, you stop giving yourself excuses to give up on healthier habits.

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  • Hanan on Feb 23, 2013 Reply

    Not too guilty anymore .Am already perfect at 80%

  • Faris on Feb 21, 2013 Reply

    Great insight as this something I continuously struggle with. Good to know 80% is perfect!

  • Hiba on Feb 21, 2013 Reply

    Thank you Nelly and Heather for your comments, I am glad you found it useful too!

  • Heather Horton on Feb 21, 2013 Reply

    What a great message! I am slowly learning this myself w my journey to healthier habits and I will remember the saying 80% is perfect ~ <3

    • Madge on Aug 08, 2016 Reply

      All of these articles have saved me a lot of heecadhas.

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      I swear … someone must do a cook book that has nothing but different mac&cheese recipes! This would surely make the cut! We always have broccoli with mac & cheese … this just puts it right in there! Neat!

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      sino si cofivean?akala mo lang lagi akong tama pero hinde hinde hinde. i am not not yet perfect dude! hahaha. but am close to being one. hahahah :em40:

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  • Nelly on Feb 21, 2013 Reply

    What a releafe a very encouraging idea not to give up on our commitments thank you

    • Justice on Aug 08, 2016 Reply

      This intihgs’s just the way to kick life into this debate.

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