Embracing imperfection isn’t as hard as it sounds. In fact, when you do learn to embrace and celebrate your imperfections, it can have a profound ripple effect that affects all aspects of your life!

1 – Accept that nothing in this world that has natural origins, as we humans do, is perfect, or is ever going to be perfect. Knowing this should allow you to slow down and smell the roses!

And, just because you know nothing is perfect doesn’t mean you have to stop trying your best. It simply means that you can stop worrying about being imperfect, because everybody is!

2 – Begin to see your imperfections as strengths and benefits. You can view just about anything either negatively or positively. Positive thinking is a way of life, and it can also be a learned skill. You may think to yourself, “I have such huge, embarrassing hands.”

But, those large hands with long fingers are just perfect for playing guitar or piano, palming a basketball, or wrapping around a child’s hands, making them feel safe. Learning to see the positive in those things you now view negatively will help you have a more positive attitude overall!

3 – Be sure of where you’re headed. This clarity of direction in your life will take the pressure off how you get there. So long as you’re moving towards the goal, being perfect in how you get there becomes much less important. If you have a clear direction, and a clear goal, let that give you the self-confidence you need to embrace getting there in an imperfect manner.

4 – Once you learn to let go of perfection, it becomes much easier to relax and laugh, especially at yourself! Learning to not take things so seriously is a skill that will serve anyone well, because it gives you permission to let go of self-consciousness and laugh at the goofy or funny things that you do, or things that happen to you.

5 – Choose your battles. Life is too short, and we only have one shot at it. By learning to embrace our imperfection, we also learn that not all of what we consider important really is. Learning to choose your battles and give priority to those things that truly matter allows you to live a fuller, more fulfilling life. As they say, don’t sweat the small stuff, and it’s all small stuff!