I know who you are.

You’re one of those people who strive to live a life of excellence. Everything you do is top notch. You didn’t get where you are today by being mediocre, right?

If you’re like me, you try to do everything in an outstanding way. The downside . . . we end up putting tons of very uncomfortable pressure on ourselves by trying to make our little world run absolutely perfectly.

My perfectionistic tendencies have probably caused me more undue stress, not to mention sleepless nights, than any normal person should be expected to bear.

And I do it to myself! No one else expects perfection from me.

I’ve gotten a little better with age, but when I think of the suffering I’ve caused myself over such silly things as whether the house is spotless or my hair is styled just right or the new program I developed at work runs like a precision drill team . . . I could go on and on!

But not any more! I’ve decided to create a list of five times when it’s okay not to be perfect. When it’s okay to just do or be “good enough.”

I am NOT allowed to spend emotional, mental and/or physical energy on trying to be perfect when:

  1. I’ve had a tough day and I’m really tired.
  2. I’ve had a great day and I deserve to relax.
  3. It’s a cloudy day.
  4. It’s a sunny day.
  5. I’m breathing.

You guessed it! Anytime is the right time to use the “good enough” approach. Life is too short to be worried, frazzled, and overloaded.

Let’s face it, most things will not really matter 5 minutes from now, 5 days from now, 5 years from now . . . if ever! Give yourself permission to apply the “good enough” approach too.

What a relief! I can hear a momentous sigh of relief reverberating around the world . . .