How to Forgive Yourself When You Drop the Ball

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Whew! It’s been a rollicking few weeks and I have failed repeatedly at writing for my blog.

When I looked up from my laptop just now and thought about all the things I had on my to-do list to have done by the end of today, I gasped, ‘My blog! I haven’t written anything for my blog.’ Rather than go into a tizzy and a flurry of activity I just had to say, ‘It’s not gonna happen this month.’ And be o.k. with that.

I was trying to get everything done before we leave on our family vacation …kind of a vacation because I’ll still be working… but anyway. I really wanted to have my blog and newsletter done before we head out.

This is one of those moments life gives me the lesson to breathe, let go, and forgive myself for not getting it all done.

Where in your life could you show some extra kindness to yourself rather than beat yourself up for failure?

Take a minute… I’ll wait …

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If you suffer from perfectionism as I do, it can be a challenge to go easy on yourself. But it’s important to remember that you’re human and you have your limits.

I have my limits.

I am reminded of the book The Four Agreements. In it, Miguel Ruiz wrote, “Always do your best.” When you always do your best you will never have regrets. He acknowledges that your best will vary from day to day due to things like illness or fatigue. However, if you know you’ve given your best then whatever the outcome, you can be satisfied.

I’ve been doing my best in my work for my clients. That, I’m satisfied with. If my blog had to fall by the wayside this month, well… there’s always next month.

And whatever ball you may have dropped, there is always another opportunity to pick it back up and keep on going.

Forgive yourself and keep moving forward.

© 2019 Tamara Jefferies.

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