Permission to be Imperfect in a Perfect World
– Why do we, so often, compare and judge ourselves to other people who we “think” have it all together? Why do we, way too often, get down on ourselves when we don’t look a certain way or have certain abilities that we admire in others? We can set up such high expectations for ourselves and base our happiness by peering through the looking-glass and comparing our world to the “Perfect world of the Jones’”.
What is Perfection, Really?
Weather we are making assumptions about that perfect looking person we see walk by us on the street, or assume that the poised looking person on the cover of Success Magazine is happy because they have enough money to buy all of their heart’s desires. Or when someone we know is continually bragging about themselves and the things that they have, we have to recognize that our perception of them may not even be their reality nor is it even ours.
When we were children, untarnished by the fiscal and social responsibilities of adulthood, our lives were much simpler and more joyful. Then we grew up and life became so very complicated. And if you are anything like me, we can be the major contributor to our own complicatedness because of our unrealistic need to be perfect. But you know as well as I do, that the world is anything but perfect. We are not perfect. And those perfect looking people we see every day are really perfectly imperfect people in deep disguise.
That being said, I have been working on launching my own personal brand for well over a year. I have designed and redesigned my new christieruffino.com website at least 3 times, my colors twice, my logo at least 4 times and my mission has evolved so many times I can’t even count. I wanted everything to be so perfectly polished that by the time I thought I almost had it right, too many months had elapsed and I changed my mind once again.
But, I now have permission to be imperfect.
Part of my journey this last year, while trying to keep up with my continually evolving brand, was to come up with my own personal tagline. The only way I could be successful at ensuring my progress was to be and remain crystal clear about my direction. I have had to create many different taglines for different business, and I had to create one for my new business brand, but I knew that it would be weak if I was not certain about who I really was.
It was a tough and eye-opening exercise, but after some thought and prayers, I think I have it. Drum roll please…………
I am a multifaceted, beautifully imperfect, child of god!
What do you think?
You see, I gave myself permission in this tagline, to be “IMPERFECT”.
You should try it!
And now since I have permission to make mistakes, perform below par and be incomplete, I have no more excuses to delay the launch of my new brand and website. So today’s post will not only be the beginning of my new “This Week I Learned” weekly blog posts (I have been posting daily “Today I Learned” quotes for two years now) and the launch of my new evolving website, it will be the beginning of many new things for me including many new changes for my tribe of professional women the Dynamic Professional Women’s Network, Inc. www.OurDPWN.com.
I welcome you to join me on this journey and I welcome you to take a peek at my new website. It is not perfect yet, but it is on its way. And if you can give yourself permission to be imperfect too, you can start a new amazing imperfect journey of your own.
Please invite me along.