I’m the first to admit that I am all about self-improvement and personal growth. But in the midst of pursuing more success and happiness, it is very easy to forget this important fact: You are perfect, just as you are.

Yes, my friend, you do not need changing. You are in fact, perfect in your design and in your being right now.

See, whether we mean to or not, we all get caught up in the need for validation and approval, from ourselves and from others.

We think that when we get the next promotion, find our life’s purpose or lose that last 5 kilos, then we’ll have made it. Then we’ll be where we want to be.

But the biggest lesson I’ve learnt, from working with clients and from my own journey, is that before we can truly enjoy our lives, we need to first accept ourselves fully.

We need to appreciate ourselves for exactly who we are, warts and all. It is only once we do that, that we are able to take full ownership and control of our lives.

Accepting we are perfect in all our imperfections allows us to create what we want from a place of abundance and joy, rather than desperation and fear.

So whatever your goals and dreams are, keep going for them.

But do it from a place of love and self-respect.

Embrace your personal growth as a journey. One that you, and you alone own.

Make changes, pursue goals and grow for yourself, not because other people or society expect you to.

And trust me that the sooner you embrace who you are as a singular being, filled with your own unique purpose and story, the sooner you’ll find happiness, success and alignment in everything you do.

Because you are exactly where you are meant to be in life. You are right on course. You are enough.

A challenge to embrace perfection in imperfection

Now you may have read this and be thinking what a load of sh*t. Or you may like the idea but actually believing that you’re perfect just as you feels like a stretch.

Believe me, I get it.

Because this idea of being perfect in my own imperfections is something I grapple with EVERY SINGLE DAY.

But I actively work on fostering this belief and I invite you to do the same.

Over the next 48 hours, I challenge you to consciously embrace perfection in the imperfect by doing these 3 things:

  1. Use ‘I am perfect in my imperfection’ as an affirmation. Practice saying it to yourself regularly, like every time you log on to your computer or go to the fridge. Write it on a post-it note and stick it on your computer, dashboard, mirror, fridge etc. as a reminder.
  2. Let go of all the ‘shoulds’ in your life. When you find yourself thinking you should do something, stop. Consider what it is and decided at that moment, ‘do I actually want to do this?’. If you do, go for it. And if not then consciously choose not to do it and relinquish any sense of guilt around your decision.
  3. Examine someone you love. Pick a person you love, maybe a close friend, partner or even a child. Then make a list of all their imperfections. Note everything you can think of. Don’t hold back. Then consider all the reasons you love them. No doubt the good outweighs all their short-comings

Try this out and I promise, you’ll be amazed and how different you feel. Because knowing that you are perfect in your imperfection is a game-changer to your happiness.

Are you up for the challenge? Say yes in the comments below.

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