Stop trying to be perfect - focus on improving
Last Update: Aug 4, 2022
- Are you held back because you are trying to be perfect?
- Do you end up not doing things you want to do because you think you won't be good enough?
- Do you worry about what everyone else will say and end up not even trying?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above questions, then chances are, you are doing what most people on the planet do which is to hold themselves back because they are afraid of not being 'perfect', forgetting that perfection doesn't really exist and the real work is in the journey we take to improve ourselves, not really in the outcome. And the reason that is true is that once we arrive at what we might mistakenly call 'perfection', we find ourselves with new goals and ambitions we want to achieve, and the process starts all over again. The goal is not the achievement, but the process of improving.
If you are an athlete, competing in your local athletics meet. You might first set yourself the goal of winning the 100m at the next meet, thinking that you will be satisfied with that win - it will be 'perfect' if you win.
Now some people will train and work hard, but if they feel that they don't have it in them to win at the next meet, they may try to back out, or justify to themselves why they are not ready and just back out. And you know what? They won't win because they won't even show up!
Don't be that person! Get up and try something new!
Goals are excellent tools because they can motivate you and give you a clear path to work on. But if the goal is so far away from where you are now, and you have the highest expectations of yourself, without allowing yourself the right to try, fail and learn from the experience, then the success that you yearn for will always be out of reach.
Instead of aiming for perfection, set yourself the task of improving one thing each day. It might be to write 200 words for a blog post, or it might be to write 2000. It might be to do one extra press-up, or eat 10 fewer calories. But the important point is, that whatever your ultimate goal is, you move closer to it. That way your success is assured as long as you don't give up.
The path to the top of the mountain is rarely straight up!
So stop trying to be perfect and instead, mark your way with celebrations of your small successes on the way!
What have you done to improve yourself today and move you towards your goal?
Why not celebrate that?