When I was growing up, I always used to think perfection was something to strive for.
I wanted to get 100% in my exams.
I wanted to be the best footballer player I could be.
I wanted to be the best at everything. To be perfect.
As I failed to achieve these targets, I began to question both myself and the pursuit of perfection.
Was it worthwhile? Was there much point in trying to be perfect when it seemed like an impossible goal.
It took me a good few years afterwards to realise the pursuit of perfection was pointless.
No matter how hard I tried I would never get there. It would always be tantalising out of reach. I would never be able to grasp it. At first, I was downhearted. I couldn’t achieve my goals, and it ate away at me for a while.
However, the more I thought about it, the more positive I felt.
I would no longer feel pressured to achieve perfection. I could go about things and enjoy them, instead of worrying about the end result.
After all, perfection is hard to achieve in an imperfect world!
In this day and age, it seems that more and more of us are pursuing perfection.
The very constraints of our world render this pursuit impossible. No matter how hard we try we will never be able to reach perfection. It can’t be done.
We are imperfect creatures in an imperfect world. To pursue this goal is pointless and detrimental to our well-being. This pursuit also begs the question of what would happen if you could achieve perfection.
What would you do once you have reached this lofty summit?
When you strive something all your life and finally achieve it, the success is fleeting. But, then reality sets in and you wonder, what do I do know?
You have spent all this time and energy pursuing a singular goal, you neglected to consider what would happen once you achieved it.
This is the fallacy of perfection and why you should forgo it. You will forever be chasing shadows, and in doing so, you will miss out on improving yourself.
The irony is there is perfection in being imperfect.
If you are not to pursue perfection, then the natural question to ask is, what should one pursue?
The answer is progress.
We may not be able to reach the lofty heights of perfection, but we can always progress. There are always ways to improve yourself and your skills.
A lot of us choose to pursue perfection, but we are also prone to choosing stagnation.
It’s too easy to accept what you have and what you are given and roll with it. We accept this as our lot in the world and neglect to forge ahead, push our boundaries, and see what we can achieve.
If the pursuit of perfection is a fallacy, the acceptance of stagnation is a crime. No matter your line of work, or your way of life, you can always get better.
Once you accept progress as a part of your life, you will be able to accomplish things you never thought you would be capable of.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of settling for what you have and not pushing yourself to achieve more. We are scared to roll the dice and see what we can achieve. This is normal. It’s human nature to be risk-averse.
But, you can take small steps. Read more books and you will become more knowledgable. It sounds like a daunting task, but you can start off small.
20 pages a day is easy. Before you know it, you’ll be reading 100 pages a day. Once you commit to something and see how far you can go, the sky is the limit.
If we want to achieve our goals, progress is the path we must choose.
Like perfection, the path will not end, but it will be a more rewarding route!