How many of us have had good ideas but never got around to doing them?
How many of us wanted to do, start, or share something with others and just never got around to it? The timing wasn’t perfect, or it wasn’t excellent content?
I know I have. I could be or should be doing things right now in my life, but I’m not quite ready to pull the trigger because I don’t have everything perfectly thought out.
Do we need to be perfect?
I want to talk about this topic of perfection. Why is it that we strive for perfection? I believe that we are programmed to shoot for perfection from a very young age. Get good grades, don’t mess up, be careful. We have created an image in our heads that failing or doing things that are not quite perfect is unacceptable. What if this concept is entirely counterproductive and keeping you from living your desired lifestyle?
There is no perfection in this lifetime, only in heaven. There is only one perfect Creator, would you agree? Why is it many of us feel we need to be perfect before we start something? Do the details need to be perfectly figured out before we jump into our project?
What’s the solution?
It’s becoming clear to me why so many people are unsatisfied with their 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. I feel like I should be doing something more or dwelling on “my someday” so much that I’m missing the moments right in front of me. There is a straightforward solution to overcome this feeling of inadequacy. Stop trying to achieve perfection. Instead, strive for excellence in everything you do. In that quest for excellence, document and enjoy the experiences along the way. If we continuously have this attitude that someday we will achieve that summit of perfection, we will always fall short. We will miss the very gift of life right in front of us at this moment in time.
Focus on now.
I realized this 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 life in front of me. 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. You can’t remember one important take-away to implement that week the moment you leave the church. I realized we will never magically resolve this because we will always fall short of perfection while 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 my life when I get there. But we have to dial back to the present moment and realize that we only live one life, and it will go by very quickly. We must be present in our daily routines and understand it’s the struggles 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 to attain their goals.