Affirmations for perfectionists (41+)

Affirmations for perfectionists

  • I used to think I had to do everything perfectly the first time and every time, now I know I can do things really well, but not always perfectly
  • I used to think mistakes were total catastrophes, now I know it’s all part of being human
  • I used to think I was not loveable or acceptable unless I had it all together, now I know what it is to love and accept others and myself without having to have it all together
  • I used to think I was a failure at basically everything, now I know success comes in many forms
  • I used to think critical thoughts constantly, now I know I can give myself credit for my efforts
  • I used to think my standards were just fine, now I know they were unrealistic and unreasonable
  • I used to think everyone else should have my standards, now I know I there’s something to value in everyone’s way of doing things
  • I used to think it would take forever to recover from what I saw as a failure, now I know I don’t have to beat myself up over and over again
  • I used to think I had to sacrifice my time, my relationships, and my health to get something done perfectly, now I know it’s simply not worth it
  • I used to think my system would help me be successful, now I know my system actually hindered my progress
  • I used to think my value was based on my achievements, now I know my value is based on who I am, regardless of what I have or haven’t achieved
  • I used to think how terrible it would be to disappoint others, now I know I can live with it
  • I used to think in black and white, now I know so much of life is lived in grey and many other amazing colours
  • I used to think I had to live by so many rules, now I know I was far too rigid with myself
  • I used to think I could be perfect all the time, now I know I was fooling myself
  • I used to think 100% was not good enough, now I know I really skewed reality
  • I used to think I will only be remembered for my mistakes, now I know there’s a lot more to me than just my mistakes
  • I used to think forgiveness was not something I deserve, now I know I deserve it just like anyone else
  • I used to think showing my vulnerabilities would lead to great ridicule, now I know showing all sides of myself leads to greater connection and relatability
  • I used to think how awful it was to hear criticism, now I know people are just expressing an opinion
  • I used to think about everything that went wrong, now I acknowledge everything that went right
  • I used to think perfection meant love, now I can love myself even at my worst
  • I used to think admiting imperfection would devastate me, now I see how admiting imperfection totally frees me
  • I used to think I was fine, now I know I was a tortured, scared soul
  • I used to think nothing was good enough, now I know how and when to say “good enough”
  • I used to think I had to be so hard on myself to get things done, now I know I can live free of that pressure
  • I used to think I had to have it all together, now I know I just need to be myself
  • My worth isn’t based on my achievements.
  • My health is more important than my performance/accomplishments.
  • I will give myself grace when I make a mistake.
  • Mistakes are growth opportunities.
  • I value learning more than being right.
  • Everyone makes mistakes.
  • I choose to enjoy the process, not just focus on the outcome.
  • I don’t have to do things perfectly.
  • Excellence is not the same as perfection.
  • Flaws are not inadequacies.
  • I’m more than my appearance (or grades or salary or any external marker of success).
  • I’m doing my best and that’s all I can ask of myself.
  • I don’t have to be perfect for people to like/accept/love me.
  • Relationships need authentic connection, not perfection.
  • Perfection is unrealistic.
  • My opinion matters.
  • It’s okay to say no and set boundaries.
  • I accept myself just as I am.
  • I accept others just as they are.
  • My best effort isn’t the same as perfection.
  • There’s more than one “right” way to do something.
  • When things don’t go as planned, I will adjust my expectations.
  • I can’t control everything and that’s okay because I have the resources to cope.
  • I don’t have to do it all.
  • Asking for help is a good thing.
  • Asking for help reflects strength and courage.
  • It’s healthy to relax and have fun.
  • Everyone needs to rest, including me.
  • Having fun isn’t a reward you have to earn.
  • Slowing down helps me recharge and be thoughtful about my commitments and expectations.
  • Good enough really is good enough.
  • Done is better than perfect.
  • Progress, not perfection.
  • I’m imperfect and I’m still enough.
  • Being human is messy, and that’s okay.
  • “You are enough. You are so enough. It is unbelievable how enough you are.” —Sierra Boggess
  • There is only one me.
  • I am genuine. I am real.
  • “Creation is ready to serve you, if you just be you.” —Yogi Bhajan
  • I am miraculous just the way I am.
  • I am worthy of love.
  • A huge part of success is making mistakes.
  • I turn toward my difficulties instead of trying to fix them instantly.
  • Mistakes can lead to great new ideas.
  • What is most “imperfect” about me may in fact be my best qualities.
  • When I mess up, I easily move on.
  • I can clearly see the beauty and joy in my life.
  • I release the need for approval from others.
  • My goal is wisdom, not perfection.
  • If goals are unrealistic, I find a space where imperfection is considered acceptable.
  • “Have no fear of perfection. You’ll never reach it.” —Salvador Dali
  • Today will be what it is. I will be who I am. And there will be beauty in both.  
  • It doesn’t have to be perfect to be powerful.
  • Today I will work on seeing only the positives. 
  • I will block out negative thinking.
  • I handle criticism with ease. 
  • I don’t worry about things I can’t control.
  • I am thankful for all that I have.
  • His grace is sufficient.
  • Focus on today. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
  • I will not look behind me.
  • We need to ascend together.
  • I am not destined to fail.
  • Heaven is cheering me on.
  • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  • I am worthy of God’s love as I am right now.
  • I will be compassionate and patient with myself.
  • I will enjoy life, not just endure it.

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