Being relentless in pursuit of your goal is sometimes confused with being a perfectionist. There is a difference between being relentless, as opposed to trying to be perfect.
Being relentless means you fall in love with the process; that you are energised by the push and the grind; that the goal is secondary to the lessons you learn along the way.
Being relentless means you never give up, you commit to the process, and the process just IS – no matter what life throws at you. It means you pick yourself back up again and again and keep on pushing until you reach your goal.
The mindset of perfectionism means you don’t allow yourself to make mistakes and therefore don’t learn about yourself. The goal is everything and if you don’t do everything perfectly, then you’re a failure, you are somehow less of a person, and you might as well give up now. You have ‘all or nothing’ thinking. You’re either all in or you’re all out – and this is no way to live your life.
Burdening yourself with the mindset of perfectionism will only set you up for failure. The moment you stray from being ‘perfect’ will be the moment you want to throw in the towel – to beat yourself up that you’re not good enough, not worthy and will never achieve your goals.
Free yourself from the guilt, the unrealistic expectations and pressure, and submit to being human. Commit to the process and the journey – a succession of consistent steps that will get you to where you want to go, and along the way you’ll have a hell of a good time doing it. So you ate the ice cream and didn’t hit the gym today? So what? The bigger picture journey has not gone anywhere. Recommit to the PROCESS, not to perfectionism.
Get out of the negative mindset of stop/start; you’re in/you’re out; all or nothing. Be relentless in your pursuit of your BEST self – after all, it’s only your freaking life!
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