You don't have to be perfect to be successful

I’ve been reading an amazing book called Champion Minded by Allistair McCaw and one of the chapters really stuck out to me about perfection. It is titled, “Getting Past Perfection.” This has been a hot topic with the athletes I’ve been working with because 99% of them would consider themselves perfectionists and their parents agree.

The author, Allistair, talks about how Champion-minded athletes can absolutely have high standards and high expectations of themselves, but they understand that there will be times that they underperform (will not be perfect). It’s all about how they handle failure and mistakes that make them successful athletes.

Here’s the key… YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT TO BE SUCCESSFUL! Phew. Doesn’t that feel good?! Weight lifted.

Here are some journal questions you can send over to your daughter to help work through perfection and be able to just focus on being the best they can be!

1. What can you do to accept failures and mistakes, and instead fight on?

2. What would it look like if you focused on having a perfect effort rather than a perfect performance?

3. What would it feel like to let go of being perfect?

Let’s embrace failures, struggles, challenges, mistakes. It’s the only way to learn, improve, and be successful!


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