A Peek Inside the Book

It's Time to Live the Life
You Deserve

Here’s the absolute truth: You deserve a life filled with joy, hope, and possibility. If you have picked up this book, you know deep down that you are yearning for this life yet to be lived, with fear diminished, anxiety and regret reduced, and optimism restored.

My hope is that this book will be a resource that you come back to again and again. Whether you have a lazy afternoon (we can dream, right?) or just five minutes before an important meeting, this is your handbook for taming your inner critic, living bravely, and unleashing your joy.

Have confidence in this process and trust the moments as they unfold. Lastly, before we begin, I invite you to place three ingredients into your heart. These are: Acceptance, Love, and Courage. Acceptance will help balance your judgment, Love will manage your fear, and Courage will help soothe your anxiety.

With The Perfection Detox, you will finally be able to release the fear that is rooted in perfectionism and soar into a life of your dreams. And as Elizabeth Gilbert said, “Perfectionism is just fear in really good shoes.” Now is the time to take off the fancy footwear and step into the life that is waiting for you.

How It Works

Inside this book you will find my seven-year process of detoxing from perfectionism compressed into just twenty-one steps. The Perfection Detox is divided into three parts, each of which has a distinct focus and intended outcome. Here’s what they look like:

Part One: Identify Your Inner Critic And Explore Your Potential: In this section you will uncover the negative voices of your past and discover whom they belong to. You will also dissect and release any limiting beliefs that have allowed perfectionism to move into the driver’s seat of your life.

Part Two: Shift Your Focus and Live Bravely: This is where you will discover how to reclaim your true self and remember the good of who you are.

Part Three: Liberate Yourself and Unleash Your Joy: Part Three sets the stage for your abundant future. It is designed to short-circuit your doubt demons and hardwire your mental state to one of optimal joy, positivity, and potential.

PS: This detox does not have to be done perfectly

About Petra Kolber

Petra Kolber is an internationally renowned fitness expert and wellness leader who is known throughout the industry as a crusader for change and a beacon of authentic happiness. In her 25 years in the fitness world she has starred in and choreographed sixty award winning videos and fitness programs, and has spoken live to thousands of motivated followers. As a national workshop leader and keynote speaker she inspires people around the globe to stand up for their lives and live profoundly from their hearts. She has been a consultant and contributor to many national fitness magazines and has been named Fitness Crusader Of The Year by Health Magazine. She has been the face and voice of leading food and fitness companies such as Reebok, Spry Living, Yes Fitness Music, and California Walnuts.

As a two-time cancer survivor, she is passionate about waking people up to the precious gift of time. Her mission is to inspire people to move more and fear less, so that they can stretch their dreams, strengthen their courage muscle and build an inspired life, full of joy and gratitude.

In her spare time Petra is an aspiring DJ, a budding cook, an avid traveler, and podcast maven who feels deeply blessed on the mornings she can wake up early enough to watch the sunrise.

What People are Saying About
The Perfection Detox

Embarking on Petra Kolber’s detox program, will leave you lighter, healthier, and happier. The prescriptions in the book add up to a near-perfect antidote to perfectionism.

Tal Ben-Shahar, lecturer and author of New York Times bestseller Happier

The Perfection Detox is a breath of fresh air for anyone familiar with self-doubt or self-criticism. A compassionate and inspiring guide to recovery from perfectionism, Petra turns the best insights from positive psychology into practical strategies for living your best life, perfection not required.

Kelly McGonigal, author of The Willpower Instinct and The Upside of Stress

The Perfection Detox will change the way you think about life and success. In a fast-moving, hard-charging world, it’s easy to drive ourselves to despair with impossible metrics and a belief that we’re never enough. Petra Kolber teaches us how to thrive in a new and better way.

Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You and adjunct professor, Duke University Fuqua School of Business

From the moment I met Petra 25 years ago she has always had such a positive, infectious attitude. She helped me realize that perfection is a goal that ultimately holds you back from your full potential, rather than help you achieve it. Her program will empower you to discover the joy and freedom that is waiting for you on the other side of perfectionism.

Dara Torres, 5-Time Olympic swimmer, author of New York Times bestseller Gold Medal Fitness and Age is Just a Number

Perfection is SO over rated! Thank YOU Petra Kolber for proving it with your trademark courage and strength. This book is a brilliant step by step guide to unleashing potential from someone who’s truly done it and inspired so many of us in the process.

Sarah Robb O’Hagan, author of Extreme YOU and CEO Flywheel Sports

Petra Kolber teaches us recovering people-pleasers beset by anxiety and impossible standards how to embrace our cracks to find our light. I can't think of a more joyful, authentic, perfectly imperfect person to be the messenger for this movement. It's time to transform our inner prisons into freedom and joy by celebrating the very flaws that make us who we are.

Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One

This is the book that all women need to read. This is my kind of detox! Petra will help you lift the pressure, the façade and the unrealistic expectations that we put on ourselves. I am filled with hope that women may finally stop striving for perfection and start living their beautiful imperfect lives after reading this book.

Lisa Druxman, author of The Empowered Mama and The Founder of FIT4MOM®

Petra is a guiding light to all of us who don’t feel like we are enough. Perfectionism is an unnecessary epidemic and this book could not be more relevant or timely. If you give yourself a hard time and want to feel like the worthy, confident, whole person that you truly are at your core, this is a must read.

Susie Moore, Confidence Coach and author of What If It Does Work Out?


For press inquiries regarding The Perfection Detox please contact Sara Allen at Sara@Petrakolber.com