Shifting Away From Perfectionism

Sounds easy enough to do, but it’s a totally different story when you are actually putting your words into action.

I have struggled most of my life with perfectionism, there I said it. I’ve always wanted to put forth my best work and and will do, re-do, and sometimes re-do again to get it “just right”. Sometimes on the not so important stuff as well.  I can honestly say that I have come a long way in this, but just when I think I’ve conquered it, something happens and it all comes crashing right back into me again.

Even right now I am struggling to even post this, not because I don’t think that others will relate, but because I don’t have a graphic (or even the perfect graphic) to go along with it. Shoot, in the spirit of transparency, I haven’t even looked.

I’m fighting against my natural tendency and putting my ONE WORD 365 (SHIFT) into action. I don’t want to wait until everything is “just right” to hit post. The time is now, right in the middle of the struggle, to shift.

It doesn’t have to be a big 180 degree turn around, but simply an adjustment, a tweak, a different way of thinking. That’s what the SHIFT is for me this year.

I don’t know what God has in store for me this next year, but I know this…I plan on sharing that journey with you. I’ve got so many things to share with you, not because I have it all figured out–ha, far from it, but through the sharing of our stories we grow together.

Real Women.

Real Life.

Real Faith.

In action. It starts for me with a simple shift. Today that shift is from the perfectionism that holds me back from sharing stories until everything is “just right”.

Oh my friends — not today. Today is a new day and with each step on this journey we get to unwrap the sweet and gracious gift He has given us in this day.

Grab hold of it sweet sisters. Know that He has something spectacular planned for you too.

Seeking JOY on the Journey,




  1. Hi Mel,

    Wow, I have several “Mel’s” in my world, my daughter, dear friends… all are lovely. So glad we have connected via twitter etc.

    I thought your insight on “Shift” was very thought provoking and powerful. You truly have a gift of writing. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.


  2. Thanks so much for this post Melissa! I really needed to hear this again and really process it. I love your transparency! I love what you wrote about “It doesn’t have to be 180 degree turn around.” That really jumped out at me, and now I have a new prayer focus! Thanks girl!

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