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\”Perfection is your eternal home, to which the universe is programmed to return you whenever you have deviated, for whatever reason, from the thoughts that get and keep you there.
That is how loved you are.\” 
Marianne Williamson

Perfection is both a state of mind and an actual state of being. A healthy state of perfectionism begins with the realization that imperfection is the perfect order of the universe 🙂 This can be to your benefit when you can learn to strive for your high standards, laugh at yourself when you fail to reach them and keep trying until you succeed.

The easiest way to do this is through surrendering your life to divine service. Divine service is a daily practice of accepting the circumstances that are in your life and serving with love, beginning with serving yourself. Divine service teaches to let go of situations that do not go as planned and always keep your mind centered on your deepest desires. Your deepest desires are an energetic current given to you through God. When you honor and feed your desires you are able to serve in greater and greater ways. From this place, your state of being begins to only reflect love and then perfection is a joyous daily journey.

Strive to do your very best serving in your life every day and know that you are infinitely loved for that and that is true \’perfection\’ in God\’s eyes; to live in service to yourself and humanity with Love.

Intrinsic Motivation

 To be intrinsically motivated is to gain pleasure from achievement. You are intrinsically motivated when you engage in tasks out of curiosity, interest, challenge and enjoyment. There are two types of intrinsic motivation. The first is when you are naturally interested in a subject or task. The second type of intrinsic motivation is influenced by external factors. For example, you don’t find a task such as exercising enjoyable. However, you are motivated by external reminders from society that exercise will give you more energy and help you to feel happier. You then identify with the value of exercising and integrate this value into your sense of self. It is an internal process that sounds something like this, ‘If I exercise, I know I will have more energy and be happier’.

When you engage in tasks because of punishments, and/or pressure from yourself or others in order to maintain self-esteem or avoid criticism, your behavior is extrinsically motivated. When you are extrinsically motivated, you can not accept the value of the task, but have allowed external forces to drive your behavior.

An essential task in embracing perfection then, is to fully surrender your life to those activities that intrinsically motivate you. This brings you into the stream of ease and grace of perfectionism.

Confidence

Three essential qualities of perfection are confidence, a high moral code and impeccable organizational skills. Healthy and positive perfectionists are self-oriented, this means your primary focus is on you! Take your attention away from what others are doing to come into perfection in your daily routine.

Go within to listen to the guidance of the silent voice that asks you to align with your highest personal standards and follow that voice to the best of your ability everyday. A perfectionist never stops striving to be better. This is the nature of perfectionism, you have to admit you are imperfect, you always will be, and the fun of the journey is found in striving to be perfect. When you embrace this philosophy as a perfectionist, you will find no barrier too wide, no mountain too high, no obstacle that you cannot overcome.

Organizational Skills

¨Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away\” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Practice being organized every day for the rest of your life. An organized life and an organized mind are the bedrock of perfectionism. Embrace your mistakes as a pathway to success, and regroup with confidence and try again and again and again until you get it right 🙂

High Personal Standards

It doesn\’t matter what the expectations of others are, in order to embrace and own your inner perfectionist, you will need to surrender your life to your higher divine self and let go of your need to be approved of by others.

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Don\’t ever put yourself in a situation where your expectations are so high you cannot reach them. Take baby steps to master large or complex tasks and reward yourself frequently. Let go every day of the thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that are not serving your highest self and you allow your inner genius and perfect nature to shine!

Another common perfectionist trap is becoming overly concerned with mistakes and doubtful about your actions. Pay careful attention to any negative beliefs that you may have and consciously replace all statements that concern what you do not want with statements about what you do want. Review your goals regularly to ensure that they are realistic and set yourself up for success. These practices will help you to realize your full potential. With maturity and personal growth you can embrace your inner perfectionist and over time become more capable of setting and meeting all of your goals. Practicing mindfulness meditation and daily affirmations can assist you in overriding negative tendencies and help to lesson or eliminate any psychological distress.

Do you consider yourself a perfectionist? Do you have strategies that help you to achieve your goals or to be successful in your life? I would love to hear your story here! Please use the comment field below to share any experiences you have in your life with perfectionism. As we move through this journey in life together, may we all help each other reach our highest selves, for the true birth of perfection comes from living in sacred reverence of every moment of our lives everyday. ❤

Want to Learn More?

Read more about spiritual perfection, explore my article on the Buddha\’s Eightfold Path and on mindfulness meditation.

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