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Aug 3, 2017

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people,” writes author Anne Lamott in her beautiful book, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. Whether you struggle with perfectionism in general, or in just one or two areas of your life, you know how draining and torturous it can be. Are there ways to overcome the tyranny of perfectionism? Is it possible to quiet or tame the negative self-commentary of our inner critic? How can we stop harshly judging ourselves and others, awaken self-compassion, and find peace in our "perfectly imperfect world?"

No one's more qualified to discuss the perils and perks of being a perfectionist quite like a mature Enneagram One, a.k.a. The Perfectionist. On today’s episode, my dear friend and wise Enneagram One Dr. Lee Camp shares how everything changes for the better when we live by the wise motto “progress, not perfection."

If you’re looking for a book to go along with the theme of today’s episode, start here:

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are—Brené Brown

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life—Byron Katie

And then don’t forget to check out our guest Lee Camp's book, Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World.

Be sure and check out what Lee’s doing with the Token Show at


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