Are you constantly blaming yourself when things don’t go well? Are you constantly focused on what you did not do? What you did wrong? Is nothing you do ever good enough because you can’t help focusing on your shortcomings? If most of your answers are yes, you may be dealing with perfectionism and its byproduct, anxiety.
Anxiety is the fear of the worst case scenario happening. Anxiety comes from the illusion that you can actually do something about the many things that are actually and realistically beyond your control to do. Anxiety is fueled by Perfectionism and Perfectionism is fueled by fear. The good news is that perfectionism can be transformed into perfect presence and reliance of a Higher Power rooted in Love who is all powerful and who can look after you ways that it is impossible to look after on self-will alone. The human experience itself integrates imperfection as a process of revealing that perfection is not the point. Rather, love is. Loving someone as is, while still imperfect, is the ultimate perfection of love. Realize that no human is perfect, nor are we designed to be perfect. To take it a step further, the point of life isn’t perfection, but present perfect presence in the power of Love.
How do you transform Anxiety? By practicing present perfect presence. What is present perfect presence? It is the ability to stay in the moment and accept everything in that moment as is, the way it is, and accepting that things are exactly as they are right now. It takes a deeper level of trust in a Higher Power that things will manifest on its own timing according to Divine Timing, rather than your timing. This deep level of trust in Divine Timing will help you stay in the moment of right now. In that practice, you will defeat anxiety and overcome perfectionism. The solution to fear is faith in God’s Love and God’s Power in love.
So how do you practice the art and craft of staying in the present? Paradoxically, you stay in the present by writing about the past. Ghosts will haunt until they are heard. Once heard, they are released and the present becomes more vivid, alive, and real for you. Expressive Writing is one of the most therapeutic self-help modalities of getting to the root cause of perfectionism. Once you know the truth, the truth will set you free.
The Love Story Program is an expressive writing community built with your challenges of perfectionism and anxieties in mind. More than just a place to get to the root cause of your perfectionistic ways, our program includes an online community of kindred journal-artists whom you can journal with, become pen-pals with, and practice the art and craft of staying in the moment with – making it the most creative way to find a support group for the condition you face. Our organization is community where you can achieve catharsis through creativity. Journal to process your past so you may stay present in the present.
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Explore the Root Cause of Your Perfectionism Through a Mirror Darkly
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” — 1 Corinthians 13:12, KJV
Expressive Writing is an effective way to transform trauma into creative drama. When journaling online about our painful truths inside fiction, we can safely bring our “shadows” to light, or understand what triggers us on a deeper level. Sometimes, we need others to validate our experiences to feel less alone. And others need that in return. It’s a win-win situation.
The Mirror Darkly Workshops: 3 simple steps to keep you moving forward.
Part I: “Now I know in part”— Deep listening for kindred resonances. Stimulate your subconscious.
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Part III: “Even as also I am known” — Share & Resonate-Edit our virtual diary entries. What catches your attention? Why is that?
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Becoming self-aware gives you the power to break toxic habits, make positive changes in your life, and become more mature. Emotional health is just as important as physical health.
Self-respect is earned through watching yourself set healthy boundaries, knowing what you like and don’t like, & becoming confident in who you are through self-acceptance.
Owning your shadow – and learning how to integrate it – will effectively increase your self-confidence and boost your self-esteem. Once you understand yourself better, you can start to accept it.