A rather ubiquitous debate over the years has been the progress vs. “perfection” debacle.
As a mother, wife, friend, daughter, business owner, volunteer, mentor, entrepreneur (and so much more!) this mantra most often acts as a motivational reminder that no matter how slow my progress may seem or how unorganised things may appear, I’m always taking a step in the right direction.
Letting go of the need to be perfect doesn’t mean that I work less hard or am settling for less. It just means I’m giving the best I can be to my family, business, and relationships and in doing so focusing on what is important to make me a ‘well rounded’ individual.
When you set yourself unrealistic standards of perfection and become frustrated when you’re not living or achieving at a certain level, this can chip away at your self-confidence and at your belief in your ability to succeed.
You don’t have to subscribe to anyone’s skewed perception of perfection in order to be successful. I am a big believer in the 80:20 rule. Getting 80% done of the important deeds at hand is far more important than trying to do everything. There are many utterly unrealistic expectations in today’s transparent and e-social world that are really impossible to do. But the fact that we are doing what matters is important.
Progress is moving forward; perfection is stagnating. Don’t beat yourself up for not achieving the unattainable, there is no point.