“We should all strive for perfection.” True or false?
“We should not be satisfied with anything less than perfection.” True or false?
Oh, how easy it is to confuse those two statements! And the anxiety that results when we do!
Because, the fact is, we should all strive for perfection. We should have high standards, have dreams and goals, and not settle for anything less than our best.
However, we also need to recognize that perfection is not necessarily an attainable goal – it’s a target, but many times (perhaps even most times) we cannot actually reach it.
But not reaching perfection does not imply failure! Not reaching perfection does not mean you live an unsatisfied, unfulfilled, unhappy life! Oh, you can live that way … but there’s no need to. It may take a while to overcome old habits and replace faulty beliefs, but you can learn to be happy with what is, with your best, and with other people’s best.
The bottom line?
Perfection is a rare blessing.
Perfectionism is a constant curse.