How many of us have had good ideas, but never got around to doing them?
How many of us wanted to do something or start something or share something with others and just never got around to it because the timing wasn’t perfect or the content was perfect?
I know I have. I know that there are things right now in my life that I could be or should be doing but I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger on because everything is not perfectly thought out.
I want to talk about this topic of perfection for a second. Why is it that we strive for perfection? I believe that from a young age, we are programmed to shoot for perfection. Get good grades, don’t mess up, be careful… This has created an image in our head that failing or doing things that are not quite perfect is unacceptable and just wrong. What if this whole concept and mindset is completely counterproductive and keeping you from living your desired lifestyle?
There is no perfection in this lifetime. Perfection is reserved for heaven and there is only one perfect Creator, would you agree? Why is it that many of us feel that we need to be perfect before we start something or have all the details perfectly figured out before we jump into that project that we’ve been saying for years that we are going to tackle?
Diving into this topic a bit further, it’s becoming more clear to me why so many people are unsatisfied with their current state of life and are living an unfulfilled, incomplete life. They are waiting for that “someday” moment to be happy. I have had these feelings and still battle with them from time to time. Feeling like I should be doing something more or dwelling on my someday so much that I’m missing the moments and experiences that are right in front of me. To overcome this feeling of inadequacy, a very simple solution is this. Stop trying to achieve perfection, but rather strive for excellence in everything you do and in that quest for excellence, document and enjoy the moments and experiences along the way. If we continuously have this attitude that someday we will achieve that summit of perfection in this lifetime, we will always fall short and miss the very gift of life that is right in front of us at this moment in time.
I’m sharing this because this has been something that I recently realized has been happening in my life. I found myself so focused on my big hairy goals of conquering the world someday, that I was “not present” for the life in front of me at times. You know what I mean, right. You’re home with the family, but not really there. You’re sitting in church listening to an amazing sermon, but not focused on the content and the moment you leave church, you can’t remember one important take-away that you can take and implement that week. I realized that this is never going to magically be resolved someday, because we are always going to fall short of perfection while we are living on this earth.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love setting big hairy goals that scare me and leave me wondering if it’s even possible. I love thinking about them daily and meditating on what my life is going to be like when I get there, but we have to dial back to the present moment and realize that we are living the only life we have at the present moment and it will go by very quickly. We must be present in our daily routines and understand that it’s the struggles, challenges, and successes that are all part of the journey. I love helping people figure out how to maximize their current situation and get them on track for attaining their goals.