It Is Okay To Make Mistakes; Do Not Strive For Perfection

To Those Who Are Perfectionists, Making Mistakes Is Ok

In a world where people have the time to learn and grow, no one needs to be perfect.


I like to think of myself as a perfectionist. I have OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder - so I like to have everything a certain way and I like whatever I do to be perfect. However, I also realize that there are times when something is not going to be perfect and that is okay too. Sure, it takes me getting used to and that is a frustrating road for me to drive down, but life is not meant to be perfect. The imperfections are what make life interesting; they make jobs and events interesting. If everything was perfect, there would be nothing to fix or bring to your attention. Ultimately, if everything was perfect. . . everything would be boring.

It is okay to be a perfectionist but it is also okay to make mistakes. Not everything will be done perfectly the first time no matter how perfect you think you are or how perfect you think you did something. I learned this the hard way just recently. I have always done a great job at every job I have had. To simply put it, I was practically perfect at every job I've had, because I am a perfectionist so I made it a point to be perfect.

However, I recently started working as a broista – yes, we call ourselves broistas – at Dutch Bros Coffee and it has to be the hardest job I have ever had. You are probably reading this like "It is just coffee; how hard could it be?"

Well, I had that same exact thought process and I am struggling a bit. I am still going through the training process, so I have a lot to learn and it would make sense that I am making mistakes. However, that doesn't mean that I like making the mistakes, in fact, it infuriates me. I don't like making mistakes, but mistakes are essential to the learning process!

You get something wrong, you learn, and you do it better the next time. When you are learning how to do something, it does not and should not be perfect the first time. Perfectionists, if your task results are not perfect, do not beat yourself up about it! No one is perfect; nothing is perfect. The only thing you can do is take a step back, breathe, and try again. Our job, as perfectionists, is to get something as close to perfection as possible but there will always be a fault.

This fault could be so little that you don't notice it or it could be so big that you know for sure that your result was a failure. Either way, there will always be time for you to have another chance. Think about that. There will always be time for you to have another chance. This is why absolute perfection is not needed.

In a world where people have the time to learn and grow, no one needs to be perfect and no task needs to be perfectly done because you have the time to improve. Instead of striving for perfection, strive for excellence and give yourself the time to be excellent. You might get better results.

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10 Bible Verses for Self Esteem

Sometimes you need to search for inner strength and find your own self worth.

We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:

1. Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

2. Psalm 46:5

God is within her, she will not fall.

3. Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

4. Psalm 28:76

The Lord is my strength and my shield.

5. 1 Corinthians 25:10

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

6. Romans 5:8

I loved you at your darkest.

7. Psalm 62:5-6

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.

8. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

9. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10. 2 Chronicles 20:15

The battle is not ours, but God's.

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7 Things I Learned In An Inpatient Therapy Facility

Don't worry about what path others around you are on, make your own and be content with doing so.


First, I would like to start off saying that there is such a stigma around "Psych Wards" and how they treat their patients. In the movies, everybody is stuck there against their will and they are all running into walls and delusional. This is not the case at all and in fact, most people check themselves into the facility for the help they truly think they need. Even though I did not check myself in, I was brought to the facility and endured a short (but long at the same time) journey.

I could not stop crying when I first got to the unit and honestly, I think it's best that I got all my emotions out my first day. As I was sitting in the lounge area in my paper scrubs I kept thinking that I didn't belong there and they were "holding me against my will." With my best interest in mind, they decided to keep me for 2-3 days and then I would be able to go home. I kept saying that I didn't want to be there and didn't embrace the group therapies for the first couple of hours I was there. It didn't hit me until later in the day that there was no way they were going to let me out if I didn't participate and learn something from this experience.

I started having an open mind and embraced the group therapy and all of the people around me. That is when I started to learn that it's okay to come to these types of facilities and get help for planning out the rest of your life.

1. Take Care Of Yourself First

Don't worry about what path others around you are on, make your own and be content with doing so.

2. Other People May Have Bigger Problems Than You, But This Does NOT Minimize Your Struggle

There are people here that have seen more than you may ever see, but this doesn't invalidate your feelings.

3. It Will Make You Really Appreciate Small Things That You May Not Have In The Facility 

You lose all privacy privileges, this is for safety of the patients and the staff, but don't take an unlocked door for granted.

4. Start Off Every Morning With A Goal 

After you've had breakfast, think about your mood on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the worst and 10 the best), think about a word to describe your mood, a short term goal that can be achieved by the end of the day, and a long term goal for the future.

5. Journal, Journal, Journal

It is important to get all of your feelings out and onto paper. Once you look back to what you've written, it is no longer a barrier in your life, put it to the side and keep fighting for what you want.

6. Get To Know Someone Before You Think You Know Their Whole Story 

7. Take Everything Day By Day, Minute By Minute

Everything can be very overwhelming, however, if you take a deep breath in and just take things as they come to you, then you will be much calmer in the end.

I am not ashamed that I went to an Inpatient Facility. At first, I did NOT want to talk about my experience outside of my immediate family, but then I realized, what is the big deal? I finally went, got help, and now I am on the right track in my life. I am grateful I had this opportunity and I will be using everything that I learned here for the rest of my life.

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