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A Post-Perfectionist Manifesto

Hello my dear peeps!

Last you read, I had given myself permission to stop for the month of December.  I’m delighted to announce it was a powerful and fruitful experiment — one that I will be reporting back on in my next few posts.

Today, I want to celebrate and declare my intention for the new year – to finish moving out of the House That Perfectionism Built.  This is a big deal for me, because perfectionism has been a pretty strong constant in my life.  This, too, shall be the topic of future posts and videos which I’m looking forward to sharing with you.

To begin, I am delighted to share with you my Post-Perfectionist Manifesto.  I would love to know what you think, and whether the quest for a post-perfectionist life is one that resonates with you.

Leave me a comment!  Let’s talk about what post-perfectionism would look like or mean for you.

And if you like, give me a buzz — I’m especially interesting in talking with fellow travelers on this wild and woolly path of discovery, self-acceptance and gratitude.

18 Responses to A Post-Perfectionist Manifesto

  1. Adrienne February 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    All hail post-perfectionism! Is it ironic that I found myself wondering whether I could do a video in one take while watching? Perhaps speaking from the heart and “sticking that landing” is one way we can all be post-perfectionist!

    • Julica Hermann February 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Woo hooo! ::waving a post-perfectionist flag::
      You will be pleased to know that I committed to no more than 3 takes of the video — and I decided the first one was good enough! Look, ma, I’m walking the talk! ::big grin::

      • Brandi Harrigan February 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

        Oh Julica GO YOU!! goyougoyougoyougoYOU!! I’m doing an imaginary happy dance for you and with you, and rock on for coming back with such YESS-ness!!

        • Julica Hermann February 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

          Thank you my dear Brandi! What an effusive and supportive cheer — I am joining you in that happy dance, and look forward to ongoing conversations about authenticity, gratitude and self-acceptance. Woot!

  2. Melissa Dinwiddie February 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Hooray, hooray! I wrote my own manifesto — the *Imperfectionist* Manifesto — back in July. Striving for *imperfectionism* has made a huge difference in my quality of life.

    Congrats on walking the talk with sticking with your first take, too. :)

    • Julica Hermann February 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

      Thank you, Melissa. The committee in my head was *not* pleased with the idea of going with the first take (“surely we could do it a little better if we do it again”), so it was especially important for me to say “thank you for sharing!” to that voice.
      Congratulations on writing your own imperfectionist manifesto, and living in alignment with it. So glad to hear you are reaping the benefits of that commitment!

  3. Kelly February 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

    So beautiful! Thank you for leading the charge against the crippling force that is perfectionism. Love it.

    • Julica Hermann February 3, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      Thank you my dear Kelly. You can take all kinds of credit for supporting me and helping me stay authentic and walking my talk. I’m very lucky to have you in my corner. :)

  4. Rachel Rodgers February 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Ugh! Pefectionism IS so limiting!

    Love everything you said. Feeling inspired and safe to keep going through the scary, imperfect, unchartered territory that I have no control over.

    Thank you!

    • Julica Hermann February 6, 2012 at 9:25 am #

      Rach, I’m so glad to read that. Helping peeps feel inspired and safe is at the heart of why I do this, why I’m here.
      Onward into the magical and mysterious world of co-creation!

  5. Coach Dave Buck February 9, 2012 at 5:49 am #

    Yeah!!! Let it rip Coach Julica. I am with you every step of the way.

    • Julica Hermann February 9, 2012 at 8:26 am #

      Thank you, Dave. Our conversation last week was that pivotal moment that inspired me to go for it. I’m very grateful to you, and very excited to be public in this post-perfectionist space. Woot!

  6. Nicole February 12, 2012 at 6:28 pm #


    This was inspirational, honest and thought provoking. Thank you and I will stay tuned for more!

    • Julica Hermann February 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

      Thank you, Nicole! I hope you join us in tomorrow’s Provocative Conversation. :)

  7. Betsy February 13, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Great video…I love the comment about not being able to be creative and perfet at the same time. Perfectionism is a trap. I have spent the majority of my life trying and dying to be perfect. Now my spirit has a chance to soar because I am ever so slowly, and sometimes quickly, letting go of the perfectionism trap.

    • Julica Hermann February 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

      Congratulations, Betsy, on allowing yourself space to live outside of the perfectionism trap. Yay post-perfectionism!
      What strikes me most in your comment is the awareness that sometimes we let go slowly (for me, most of the time), but sometimes we have to opportunity to just let it go like *that*. ::finger snapping::
      Here’s to staying present and noticing the opportunities to just release it effortlessly, right? :)

  8. Deborah White February 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Julica what a great video. Your connective nature is incredible. PLEASE continue to do the videos it is a space you excel in. :) I will catch you in CoachVille.

    • Julica Hermann February 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      Oh, Deborah, thank you so much! Yes, I commit to doing more video — and posting more first takes! It’s really interesting how the videos themselves can trigger my perfectionism — maybe my next challenge is to shoot a video with NO MAKEUP. ::dum da dum dum::
      But seriously, thank you so much for your kind words. I really appreciate them, so much!