I found out this summer that my immobility and failure to act at times is a symptom of perfectionism. Whhhaaa?
I have always been one to hold myself back from trying new things. Even as a kid, I didn't want to play sports because I didn't want to not be great from the get go. I see this trait in my son--help me Rhonda.
I tended to gravitate towards activities where I wouldn't let people down if I failed--skiing, biking, camping, etc. I hate to do something if I'm not sure I can be great.
I found out a few years ago that one of my top strengths is Maximizer. Maximizers strive for excellence and are disappointed with anything less. Yes, I believe that describes me! However, instead of pushing myself to bigger and better things, I hold myself back because I don't believe I can achieve excellence. Clearly not using this strength as well as I could.
This useless perfectionism needs to go. I've let go of a lot of bad habits and patterns of behavior over the last few years as a result of my divorce. Every day I am thankful that I was given a second chance to create a life that matters. I think I am rising to the pursuit of excellence in a number of key areas--but the one glaring hole is my health.
How do I break the cycle of inaction and finally get to where I want to be? This blog definitely helps. I think the next big thing to tackle is food. I don't remember how to eat right. Even when I was eating right back in my skinny days (before sweet Olivia got here), I was mainly eating fake food but just less food in general so I lost weight. Now I feel this need to be healthy and not eat crap but I don't really know how to do it so I am stuck in crappy eating and self loathing.