Friday Quote: silence your inner critic


One of the wisest messages that emerges commonly from the work of many inspirational leaders is the advice to avoid perfectionism.  Apart from being unobtainable, it is damaging to one’s chances of leading an authentic life and living one’s values.  It stifles creativity and limits our chances of feeling that we have achieved our goals.

As you may know, I have been developing a love for hand-lettering in recent weeks.  This activity is a brilliant example of how one needs to let go of the idea of perfectionism.  Like any new endeavour, it takes practice, practice and more practice.  Even then, I sense that one may never truly be content with the fruits of one’s labours.  But it seems to me that this can be very positive – it spurs one on to keep going and to keep learning.

Check out this great BBC article which lists ways to overcome those negative thoughts that we all get from time to time.  It is aimed at women, but I think everyone can benefit from this type of wisdom.

Have a great weekend and celebrate the wonder that is you! 🙂