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How to Choose Progress Over Perfection

We've all been there. The negative self-talk, trying to fast forward time so you can already accomplish the goals you've set, quitting projects before you finish.

This has perfectionism written all over it.

What is it?

Perfectionism involves three things:

Firstly, relentlessly striving for extremely high (usually unrealistic) standards for yourself.

Secondly, basing your self-worth largely on your ability to achieve these standards.

Thirdly, experiencing negative consequences when you don’t reach these standards.

Why is it unrealistic?

To sum it up, perfection doesn’t exist. Point blank. Constantly striving for this unrealistic standard leads to one thing, burnout.

So, what do I strive for?

We thought you’d never ask. Instead of setting yourself up for disappointment, the most efficient way to achieve long-term goals is to focus on progress. Because progress gives us the permission slip to make mistakes, it allows us to focus on growth, evolving, and enjoying the present moment.

How to choose progress over perfection:

Progress happens when no one is watching. It’s the things you do when no one is there to hold you accountable.

Focus on Consistency: Set up weekly workout schedules that aim for 20 minutes or less per day. This ensures you’ll fit in your movement no matter what. Not sure where to start? We’ve set up a weekly schedule for you here.

Start a Gratitude Practice: Each morning think of 5-10 things you’re grateful for and write them down. This is our founder, Kira’s, fave journal.

Get Out of Comfort Zone: We don’t need you to jet across the world alone (but if you want to, go for it!) try out a local coffee shop, or a new workout class. Our 15-minute dance cardio will most definitely do the trick.

Practice Self-Awareness: Start recognizing your triggers. When you feel a negative emotion, get curious. Why does it make you feel that way? What's a safe and healthy way to handle these feelings?

Meditate: The ultimate way to stay in the present moment is meditation. Try one of the dozens from the cacti channel.

The Cacti Team

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