We all dwell on the idea of perfection at some point.
Some get over it; others long for it, either personally or professionally. The idea is certainly alluring. It must be because it will remain an idea because perfection doesn’t exist. Nothing is, and no one is.
We will give you four valid reasons not to seek perfection, but to settle for the best you can be instead.
It is a never-ending search.
In a nutshell, you will search for it until the end, and even then you will not find it. People make mistakes, and that is how we learn. Settle for that. Be content with doing your best and not giving up the fight. That is all you could do, and even when you fail in the process, nobody could ask for more.
You unfairly criticize others.
It is acceptable to criticize others, within reason. For example, yours truly is not afraid to voice out constructive criticism because not only it is a learning tool, it also opens growth in another. Whereas, if you criticize others unfairly for mistakes committed, intentional or otherwise because you aim for perfection, it will only affect the motivation and self-esteem of another, and you will still not achieve your objective. When you are a perfectionist, while it may be a good thing in some cases, it isn’t in most. It is better to give room for growth and learning curve, don’t you think?
You make it a job to please everybody.
With your wish to have a perfect life, a perfect environment, and perfect family, you make it a point to please the people around you and the ones you meet. The problem with that is you end up letting go of yourself and forgetting what matters to you, your health or happiness. Remember, it is never your job to please anyone. Your job is to follow your dreams and do what makes you happy. A little tip, perfection isn’t the way to it.
You do everything yourself.
Afraid of mistakes and messing things up, you prefer to do everything instead of delegating. When you delegate, you have more time to do something else and accomplish more. When you don’t, you end up drained, tired and probably mess things up even more than the way you fear.
See? Wanting perfection does not achieve a long-term solution. It is a false hope, something we should not cling to. May this serve as a reminder that your best will suffice, always.