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Why Perfectionism Stops Us from Creating New Habits - zen habits

Why Perfectionism Stops Us from Creating New Habits - zen habits

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The Obstacles In Creating A New Habit

When we decide to create a new habit — exercise, healthy eating, meditation, writing — we can get excited and optimistic, and have an idea of how it will go perfectly.

This is such a hopeful time! Unfortunately, reality has other plans.

Our perfect idea of how our new...

Perfection is one of the main obstacles to forming habits. Our hopeful idea of how it will go, and then our disappointment and frustration with ourselves when it doesn’t go that way.

The idea that we should be super consistent and perfect in our habit attempts …  derails us.

Reality-Based Habit Change

What if we simply said, “Let me try to bring a daily ritual of doing X into my life, and be curious about what it will be like”?

So there doesn’t have to be a fantasy that it will go perfectly or brilliantly. We don’t know how it will be. But we can bring an intention to do...

Learn Each Day

Each day becomes a lovely place of learning.

The “successful” days and “failure” days are not really binary results of success/failure, but instead a rich place of curiosity and learning.

Instead of competing with ourselves, we can glide through forming a new ...

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