“You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you.” – Lisa Kleypas
Practice makes perfect. Or, is it perfect practice makes perfect? Either way, the expectation of perfection, while a worthwhile goal, is not necessarily attainable or realistic. (How many 1.000 batting averages and 0.00 ERA’s have you seen?)
Without question, it is admirable and fulfilling to strive for that level of achievement, but there comes a point when your best is good enough. You have to allow that to be a part of your mindset. This is not to say that we should simply be okay with failure or falling short of our goals, but that the process of trying to better oneself is, in and of itself, pretty perfect.
To this end, we have to know what our best effort is and whether or not we actually put it forth. If you can honestly say that you put the work in and gave something your all, it is imperative that you reach a peace with the outcome, even if it happens to be less than you expected.
The downside to expecting “impossible perfection” is negative self-image and, ultimately, unhappiness. It eats at you. It can consume you. Here’s the thing: you’re not perfect. No one is. Instead of expecting perfection, expect your best and be happy with it.
That’s true perfection.
Have an awesome Saturday,