Anything Worth Doing…Can you complete this phrase?
I grew up learning that anything worth doing, is worth doing right, the first time! My guess is that many of you learned something similar.
I began to notice this in my Mandala Painting classes. As I teach the technique, I explain that the idea is not to create something perfect, but to really give yourself time to learn and enjoy the creative process. However, I have observed how critical participants are of themselves and how they make judgments about their worth dependent on how they feel they did.
Is that true for you in any other areas of your life? As I saw other’s being critical of themselves, I also saw myself. It was a true moment of awareness for me! I know that I must watch myself because I do expect that I should be able to do something perfectly the first time, but I did not realize just how easily I had slipped into this pattern of negative thinking.
As adults, every day we are also daring to get life right, only to judge ourselves when we fall short and don’t always get it right the first time. When that happens, many of us take that as a judgment about who we are, rather than what or how it was done. The learning process should never be an opportunity to judge ourselves as unworthy because we did not do it right. It is best to find our self-worth in who we are, and how we approach life.
Being aware of something is 80% of the solution because if you are not aware of a problem you can’t change it. A shift in perspective can make all the difference in your outlook and your well-being.
Here are a few questions that can help you make a shift in thinking:
- Identify places in your life where you judge yourself for not getting it right.
- How can you be more loving and compassionate to yourself in these instances?
- Adopt the mindset that your path and end result may look different than someone else’s.
Remember to be kind to yourself!
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