With all of the self improvement books on the market, Present Over Perfect still remains fresh in my mind. Shauna Johnson, a chronic perfectionist, opens up about how she went from overly stressed to finding inner peace.
As a “over do-er” myself, I was able to connect to much of what the author was saying. She dives into the honest truth: your greatest strength can become your greatest weakness. You may be productive and successful, but those same attributes can create an imbalance within yourself. While your drive is to credit for your ability to reach your goals, it can also hold you back from living in the present moment.
I can’t tell you how many times I have made a mental to-do list when I should have been soaking in time with my loved ones. If there is one word that I would use to describe how this book made me feel, it would be understood.
Even if you aren’t a type A personality, the author will challenge your approach to life. How many times have our friends vented to us and ended with a passive, “Well, that’s just life. Whatcha gonna do?” Maybe it is time to take a step back and ask ourselves “What can I do about it? Is any of this in my ability to change? What can I do to become fully alive?” We often underestimate the amount of power we have in our lives.
This book made me realize that it is okay to slow down. I remember I was listening to this on audible when I was an extra in an airport scene on a Macgyver, and I struggled to fight back tears. As she spoke each word, I knew that this book was made for me. I needed this message to slow down and learn to not value myself based on the things I can do.
This isn’t my favorite self improvement book, but it certainly makes the top five. I am sure anyone would get a lot out of reading it, but it is especially beneficial for those who recognize that they struggle with perfectionism. The author does draw on her Christian faith often in the book, but I believe that it can still be beneficial to those of different faiths.
Have you read Present Over Prefect? What is the biggest thing you took from the book?