Want to Be Happy? Let Go of Being Perfect.

Photo Credit: Stacy Reuille-Dupont, 2014. Me at the summit on Bolam Pass, CO.

Many of us begin our fitness path with an ideal. We have a vision of what we want to look like, achieve, and accomplish.

Sometimes these goals which were so inspiring to begin with begin to weigh us down. Soon they become the albatross that doesn’t let us go and we no longer enjoy.

I was hiking last weekend with my family in the mountains of Colorado. We were taking a somewhat difficult climb for our three small children but figured they could make it to the high lake with plenty of breaks.

At first all went as planned, but soon the “how much longer” and “I’m too tired to move” became a constant creating stress for all within hearing distance. Was it my 4-year-olds fault he was bored of this multi-hour walk (we have completed others just fine) or my 6-year-olds fault she preferred the flowers in front of her to the lake we couldn’t see yet? No!

Looking back the only problem was that we didn’t honor the beauty right in front of us because we were too focused on the goal.

Along the trail there was much to be discovered and had we been less focused on the end result and more focused on the process we could’ve have seen it.

The lesson in it all was this: having a destination (goal) is good however you should also find the beauty along the road (the process of reaching your goal).

As it was, we never made it to the lake but were able to learn this lesson halfway in.

On the return trip we spend much more time checking out flowers, waterfalls, rocks, mud-puddles, and views!

We let go of perfection and accomplishment and instead enjoyed the place we were in the moment. This led to a fantastic experience … even though we never laid eyes on that destination lake.

Read More about how to live well on my blog (ww.stacyrd.com): Are You Ready to Find Meaning in Your Life. Cultivate this Skill to Find Your Happy.

Stacy Reuille-Dupont, PhD, LAC, CPFT, CNC, licensed psychologist, addiction counselor, personal trainer and nutrition coach. She’s passionate about helping people create a vibrant life using psychology and physiology. With over 25 years coaching people to be their best, she understands how to make living healthy easy while finding adventure, inspiration, and balance. Grab a 7 Day Food Batching Meal Plan Here when you sign up for my newsletter.

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Dr. Stacy is a licensed clinical psychologist, addiction counselor, certified personal trainer, & nutrition coach. www.stacyrd.com Health from the inside out.

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Dr. Stacy is a licensed clinical psychologist, addiction counselor, certified personal trainer, & nutrition coach. www.stacyrd.com Health from the inside out.

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