A lot of people say “don’t try to be perfect,” but I disagree. DO try to be perfect, but FIRST DEFINE what perfect is for you. Perfect is an ideal, but it is something to aim for.
If you don’t aim for the bullseye, you’ll never hit it. Pitchers in baseball usually aim for the strike zone. Pitchers aim for perfection.
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream; he had a vision of what his best life looked like, and not just his life, but the life of countless others. He aimed for perfection and got progress. Aim for progress and you’ll get less than that. Aim for perfection and you’ll get progress. Don’t aim at all and you’ll end up like Alice in Wonderland, without the fun stuff.
Have you taken a moment to think about what your perfect life looks like? But then it actually only lasted for one moment because you thought, “Yeah, I would love to live where I want and do work I love, but that’s only for the lucky ones,” or something along those lines? What if you took more than a moment to think about what your perfect life looks like?
When you know your desired outcome, you can put your energy into planning and creating it. The more you aim for what you want, the more likely you are to get it. Again, a dart thrower wanting to hit bullseye but never aiming for bullseye will most likely never hit it. Think about goals and areas in your life that you would like to improve and aim for the best possible outcome. Of course, not everything will go perfectly, but if you never aim for it, you’ll never come close.
Set your aim to the best possible outcome, take action, repeat. Perfection is the aim. Progress is what you get.