Why do we feel we have to be good at something to try it, that we have to succeed at something in order to enjoy it, that we have to do something right before we feel accomplished ? Striving for perfection can create frustration and disappointment. But doing something imperfectly leads to new insights and a new way of looking at things.
Here’s what perfection is costing us :
Spontaneity : perfection is a way to be in control. But control limits spontaneity.
Process : when we focus on perfection, we are in the game for the product, for mastery, not the process. We compare ourselves against people who are further along in the process and can’t enjoy our own progress.
Completion : the higher the goals of perfection, the lower the hopes of completion.
Mystery : there is mystery all around us and enjoying the mystery evolves us. Perfection doesn’t honour the mystery.
Authenticity : striving for perfection doesn’t allow us to be authentic.
When we let go of perfection, allow ourselves to do things imperfectly, we come to see how good we are, just the way we are. So our lives can be improved when we let go of perfection.
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