Perfection IS NOT Reality

November 20, 2010 at 6:09 PM Leave a comment

Today I’ve been hung up on “perfectionism” and why people make such a big deal out of perfection. We always hear how “nothing is perfect”, and generally people try their best to get there and enjoy the ride along the way whether they reach “perfect” or not. My question is why do some people strive so much more to reach “perfect” than others? Maybe I am one of those people. According to a book I picked up about it today, it is highly likely that I am one of those people. Maybe I am just “borderline”, but I relate enough to the “if you are thinking like this…” section that I do not want to risk it.

perfectionism  per·fec·tion·ism (pər-fěk’shə-nĭz’əm)
A tendency to set rigid high standards of personal performance.

I am constantly striving for perfection. I want to be well-rounded in everything because people should be well-rounded, ideally. In my twisted sense of reality a perfect person is well-rounded, so I strive for that. If I were simply trying to be “well-rounded” then it might not be as much of an issue… instead, I strive to master EVERYTHING. In my attempts to reach greatness in everything I do, I fall short almost every time which makes me feel bad about myself even more. I do not see myself as having a low self-esteem, but I am always looking for that next compliment to get me through the day (even when I don’t think I deserve it).

From a very young age we are told we can do anything we want to do. We are told “practice makes perfect”. We are given unrealistic ideals that model things for us. Some people are better at handling it than others, and some of us feel defeated by not being able to tackle everything exactly the right way. We either spend too long practicing something that we never feel like we master, or we give up if we don’t do it right the first time. We are intimidated by failure, so eventually we might even stop trying altogether.

I don’t ever want to stop trying, and I am going to work harder to set realistic goals and expectations for myself while striving for excellence.

“The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time.” -Edwin Bliss

This song really inspires me to keep going, and not to be afraid to fall. I listen to it a lot to remind myself that I will never reach the stars if I do not learn to fly, and I can’t learn to fly if I never jump.

“When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”
-Leo Burnett

Fight perfectionism; embrace gravity!
Happy Adventures,


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