Perfection Holds Us Back.

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably had at least one moment in your life when you felt like a failure. Maybe it was after a test, or maybe it was when someone criticized your work. We’ve all been there. The good news is that this kind of failure can be overcome with time and practice—but if it’s happening frequently, then it’s time to look deeper into what might be going on. Perfectionism is an unhelpful way of thinking about yourself and your work; if you’re constantly striving for perfection but never quite making it there, this mindset can hold you back from achieving your full potential as an employee or entrepreneur.

Perfection is an illusion.

Perfection is an illusion. The more you try to be perfect, the more likely you are to fail. And when you do fail, it feels like a huge blow because of the expectations that were riding on your shoulders in the first place.

The longer this cycle goes on–the more times we try and fail at something–the worse our self-esteem gets beaten down by our own negative thoughts about ourselves: “I’m not good enough.” “I’m not worthy of success.” “I’ll never achieve anything worthwhile.”

If this sounds familiar then stay tuned because I’m going to share with you how perfectionism held me back from achieving my goals for years…

The “perfect” life is impossible to achieve.

The “perfect” life is impossible to achieve. It’s an illusion that we chase because it’s constantly moving and changing, like a carrot on a stick. The idea of perfection doesn’t even exist in nature–it’s just something we’ve made up. And yet, despite this fact, we still try so hard to reach it by comparing ourselves against other people and what they’ve accomplished or achieved in life.

It’s important for us all to remember that perfection has no real meaning or value unless you define it yourself: Perfection may mean different things depending on who you are as an individual; but regardless of what your version looks like, remember that it will always be unattainable because everyone has different definitions of success and happiness!

People who strive for perfection are more likely to fixate on mistakes and miss the big picture.

Perfectionists tend to concentrate on the small details, which can be beneficial when you’re trying to achieve a goal. However, this focus can also cause them to miss the big picture and ignore their own mistakes.

This is because perfectionists tend to be hyper-critical of themselves and others–they see only what’s wrong instead of what’s right. As a result, they may miss an opportunity for improvement or fail to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses (which can lead them down an unhealthy path).

Perfectionists are more likely to binge on food or drink, and they have more trouble recovering from a major setback.

Perfectionists are more likely to binge on food or drink, and they have more trouble recovering from a major setback. The reason for this is that perfectionism is linked to depression, anxiety and low self-esteem.

When you’re dealing with a perfectionist who has been rejected by an employer or lost their job due to the recession, it can be helpful to understand how their mind works so you can help them get through this difficult time.

When you’re stuck in a perfectionistic mindset, it can be hard to fulfill your potential because you’re focused on what’s wrong rather than what’s right about you and your work.

The first step to escaping the perfectionistic mindset is to focus on what’s right about you and your work. When you’re stuck in a perfectionistic mindset, it can be hard to fulfill your potential because you’re focused on what’s wrong rather than what’s right about you and your work. That’s why it’s important to give yourself credit when things go well or if something goes better than expected–even if only by accident!

The next step is learning how not to get caught up in the details. This might sound simple enough but sometimes when we’re working on something important, or even just trying something new for the first time (and especially if there are other people involved), we tend toward being nitpicky and picky about small things like spelling errors or grammatical mistakes instead of seeing things from an overall perspective: What does this mean? How does this affect my project? Is there another way I could approach this problem?

If you’re trying to be perfect, it’s time to give up that quest and embrace imperfection instead.

It’s time to give up the quest for perfection, and embrace imperfection instead.

If you’re trying to be perfect, it’s time to give up that quest and embrace imperfection instead. Perfectionism is a myth–and it can hold us back from doing what we love by making us feel like our work isn’t good enough or worthy of being seen by others. If you’re constantly striving for perfection in your work or life but never quite achieving it (because there is no such thing), then perhaps it’s time for some perspective: perfectionism isn’t real; it just feels like it sometimes!

Perfectionism traps us in an endless cycle of self-loathing where we think everything we do will never be good enough until some imaginary future point when everything comes together perfectly without fail every single day without fail forever amen amen amen amen amen amen amen Amen!


Perfectionism is a nasty habit that can hold you back from achieving your goals. If you’re trying to be perfect, it’s time to give up that quest and embrace imperfection instead. Perfectionists are more likely to fixate on mistakes, miss the big picture, binge on food or drink, and have trouble recovering from major setbacks. When we stop striving for perfection and instead focus on doing our best with what we have at hand–which is usually all we need anyway–we open ourselves up for success!

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Meet Sam, an accomplished personal trainer with a passion for empowering her clients to push past their personal limits and achieve their fitness goals. With a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background as a state-qualified swimmer, Sam brings a unique blend of experience, skills, and knowledge to her training approach.

Sam’s love for fitness was ignited by her early involvement in swimming and weightlifting. Her dedication and hard work led her to win first place trophies in multiple bodybuilding shows and compete in CrossFit and athletic competitions. She has also participated in 5k and 8k runs for various charities, showcasing her commitment to fitness and community service.

As a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Sam has honed her expertise in creating personalized fitness programs that cater to individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an athlete, Sam is equipped with the skills and knowledge to help you reach your fitness goals.

One of Sam’s key strengths lies in her ability to motivate and inspire. She believes in empowering her clients, particularly women, to gain confidence and strength through fitness. As a leader in female training, Sam fosters an environment where everyone feels supported and encouraged to exceed their own expectations.

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Away from the gym, Sam is just as dedicated to her personal life. She believes in leading by example and maintains a balanced lifestyle that includes regular exercise, healthy eating, and spending quality time with friends and family.

In summary, Sam is not just a personal trainer but a fitness companion who is committed to helping you live a healthier, more active life. With her extensive experience, competitive spirit, and passion for empowering others, Sam is ready to guide you on your fitness journey.


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Meet Alec, your dedicated personal trainer at 4Balance Fitness. With an impressive background in fitness and outdoor activities coupled with academic qualifications, Alec brings a unique blend of experience and knowledge to his training approach.

Alec’s journey into fitness began with mixed martial arts (MMA), where he honed his discipline and understanding of the body’s capabilities. This love for an active lifestyle extended beyond the MMA ring, leading him to embrace a range of adrenaline-fueled activities like rock climbing, surfing, white water kayaking, and mountaineering.

But Alec isn’t just about action; he’s also driven by a deep understanding of the science behind fitness. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science, emphasizing Exercise Science. This strong academic foundation enhances his practical skills, giving him a holistic understanding of health and fitness.

In addition to his degree, Alec is certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, a testament to his commitment to professional development and staying abreast of the latest training techniques.

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Allison Cole


Meet Allison Cole, a dedicated fitness trainer with an extensive background in nursing and an unwavering passion for improving lives. Her journey in the health and wellness industry is deeply rooted in her belief in the transformative power of fitness on overall well-being.

Allison’s story begins with a successful career in nursing, where she spent years caring for patients and witnessing firsthand the impact of lifestyle choices on health. This experience ignited a passion in her to help people take proactive steps towards their health and wellness.

A natural transition from nursing, Allison found her calling in personal training. Her love for fitness, coupled with her desire to enhance the quality of life for others, led her to this rewarding path. She believes that fitness is not just about physical strength but also about building mental resilience and promoting long-term health.

Allison’s competitive nature fuels her approach to personal training. She understands that every individual is unique, and therefore, tailors her strategies to inspire, motivate, and push her clients to achieve their personal fitness goals. Whether it’s improving general fitness, training for a specific sport, or embarking on a weight loss journey, Allison is committed to making each client’s fitness aspiration a reality.

Allison promotes a lifestyle of wellness. She inspires her clients not only through tailored workout plans but also by encouraging them to make healthier lifestyle choices. Her holistic approach to fitness and health embodies her philosophy that taking care of one’s body goes beyond the gym.

Allison’s credentials further emphasize her expertise. She holds several relevant certifications in personal training, demonstrating her commitment to professional development and mastery of the latest fitness techniques and principles.

In summary, Allison Cole is more than a personal trainer; she is a wellness advocate, a motivator, and an ally in your fitness journey. With her unique background in nursing and personal training, she brings a comprehensive and empathetic approach to fitness, ensuring every client feels supported, challenged, and empowered.


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Michael Cole

Co-Owner/Head trainer/Fitness Ninja

Meet Michael Cole, the co-owner and operator of 4Balance Fitness, a seasoned fitness professional with a knack for inspiring and motivating individuals to reach their fitness goals. His journey in the fitness industry has been nothing short of remarkable, and it’s his unique experiences that make him an exceptional coach.

Michael’s fitness journey started early as a two-sport athlete in football and baseball. This foundation laid the groundwork for his understanding of physical conditioning, discipline, and the power of teamwork. His athletic background set the stage for a successful stint as a professional wrestler, where he developed unique perspectives on achievement, motivation, and overcoming challenges.

Beyond his practical experience, Michael holds Bachelor’s degrees in Exercise Science and Nutrition Science from Furman University and Kaplan/Furman University, respectively. These academic credentials, combined with his real-world experiences, equip him with a comprehensive understanding of fitness and nutrition.

Michael’s commitment to professional development is evident in his numerous certifications. These enable him to create personalized workout programs tailored to the unique needs and goals of his clients – from high-level athletes to everyday individuals seeking to improve their health and fitness.

What truly sets Michael apart is his coaching philosophy. He believes that everyone, regardless of their starting point, possesses the potential to achieve their fitness goals. His approach centers around empowering clients, building their confidence, and fostering a positive and supportive training environment.

In summary, Michael brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to 4Balance Fitness. His diverse background, coupled with his dedication to helping others, makes him an invaluable asset to the fitness industry. Whether you’re an aspiring athlete or someone looking to kickstart your fitness journey, Michael Cole is ready to guide you every step of the way.


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