Perfectionism leaves that worrisome feeling that something is wrong with you, that you’ll never measure up, never amount to anything. You’ll never be “perfect”. You keep trying, keep reaching for some unattainable state, and when you fail you get angry or depressed and wonder what the hell is wrong with you. That’s because somewhere in the back of your mind you know perfection is an illusion. Perfection is an illusion, and your pursuit of it is putting you at odds with your life and the world around you. You’re trying to resist the Universe. Let me tell you something that’s going to blow you away: you’re not perfect. Neither am I. In fact, no one is perfect. We’re all flawed in some way. That’s not at all a bad thing though. It allows us to constantly grow, to improve daily. To set and reach goals, to rise above challenges in life, learn from our failures. To rise when we fall. To ultimately become the greatest versions of ourselves. Embrace your imperfections. Respect your weaknesses. Learn from where you’ve gone wrong, and become better. Doing this will allow you to learn and grow as a person and improve daily. Instead of chasing this illusion of perfection, strive for excellence. Excellence is a mark we can hit every time with the right amount of attitude and effort. Striving for excellence causes us to improve daily. That’s how we grow.
Salvador Dali said, “Have no fear of perfection-you’ll never reach it.” But striving for excellence, in who we are, in what we do, in all that we aspire to be one day, is a goal we can all reach. All that is required is some effort, determination, and the understanding that the prize is in the process. That’s how we win.