Sometimes there is a slippery line between doing our best and trying to achieve perfection. There are so many influencers around us that consciously and unconsciously send a message that we need to do more, be more and achieve more to be successful. The promise is that if we do, we may achieve perfection and then somehow, get something we desire – like respect, appreciation, happiness or security. Sadly, that could not be further from the truth!
When we strive to grow and achieve our goals, it’s important to understand that there is no such thing as perfection. If it did, we would have it for a fleeing moment and then need to start the process again. And if we were to use all of our energy to perfect one part of our life, it would surely cost us dearly in another part of our life. Such is the roller coaster ride that is the illusion of perfection.
There is a famous saying that says “It’s the journey, not the destination” and it may be fair to say that both are important. This quote highlights that as we strive to achieve goals, there is equal opportunity in learning from mistakes that may be made along the way. It’s important to remember that this is part of a journey, and that our lives become more interesting once we ditch the notion of being perfect or achieving a goal at all cost.
That is not to say that we should simply abandon doing our best or disqualifying goals (because we lump that into the notion of perfection) and focus entirely on the journey either. Again, it’s the balance of yin and yang, being in the moment but planning and working towards goals as well.
We’re constantly in a state of movement, evolution and growth where things are reborn or die, or where we experience moments of the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. This is completely normal and is actually a beautiful part of the flow of life. Solidifying your belief in the beauty of imperfection allows you to notice that no one in your life is judging you on whether or not your life is perfect. And the very result of imperfection means that the greater lesson of trying and risking is taking place, which for many is the evidence of “showing up” in our lives, careers, relationship and goals.
So as you consider your goals this week, and ponder the idea of “Perfection” perhaps you will choose to embrace being imperfect, in your journey. Perhaps you may foster the perception that the universe is a loving place, where you’re free to be imperfect. Once you accept this notion, embracing the journey of the goal will undoubtedly have a more interesting, loving and meaningful ride.