Affirmations for Perfectionists
I used to think I had to do everything perfectly the first time and every time, now I know I can do things really well, but not always perfectly
I used to think mistakes were total catastrophes, now I know it's all part of being human
I used to think I was not loveable or acceptable unless I had it all together, now I know what it is to love and accept others and myself without having to have it all together
I used to think I was a failure at basically everything, now I know success comes in many forms
I used to think critical thoughts constantly, now I know I can give myself credit for my efforts
I used to think my standards were just fine, now I know they were unrealistic and unreasonable
I used to think everyone else should have my standards, now I know I there's something to value in everyone's way of doing things
I used to think it would take forever to recover from what I saw as a failure, now I know I don't have to beat myself up over and over again
I used to think I had to sacrifice my time, my relationships, and my health to get something done perfectly, now I know it's simply not worth it
I used to think my system would help me be successful, now I know my system actually hindered my progress
I used to think my value was based on my achievements, now I know my value is based on who I am, regardless of what I have or haven't achieved
I used to think how terrible it would be to disappoint others, now I know I can live with it
I used to think in black and white, now I know so much of life is lived in grey and many other amazing colours
I used to think I had to live by so many rules, now I know I was far too rigid with myself
I used to think I could be perfect all the time, now I know I was fooling myself
I used to think 100% was not good enough, now I know I really skewed reality
I used to think I will only be remembered for my mistakes, now I know there's a lot more to me than just my mistakes
I used to think forgiveness was not something I deserve, now I know I deserve it just like anyone else
I used to think showing my vulnerabilities would lead to great ridicule, now I know showing all sides of myself leads to greater connection and relatability
I used to think how awful it was to hear criticism, now I know people are just expressing an opinion
I used to think about everything that went wrong, now I acknowledge everything that went right
I used to think perfection meant love, now I can love myself even at my worst
I used to think admiting imperfection would devastate me, now I see how admiting imperfection totally frees me
I used to think I was fine, now I know I was a tortured, scared soul
I used to think nothing was good enough, now I know how and when to say "good enough"
I used to think I had to be so hard on myself to get things done, now I know I can live free of that pressure
I used to think I had to have it all together, now I know I just need to be myself
Affirmations by Josie Ong
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