I am a little bit of a perfectionist.
True confession...actually I should probably take out the "little bit."
Do you know anyone like this? I actually think there are quite a lot of us out there. (hmmm...type A triathletes???)
I don't think having perfectionist tendencies is all bad, but I do think as a perfectionist a person needs to be aware of how limiting perfection is. The fact of the matter is that nobody on this earth is perfect. No matter how hard I work or how hard I try, I will never, ever achieve perfection in this life. If that is what I am shooting for each day, each and every day I will fail, so I will be okay with not being perfect every day.
And that is perfectly fine.
One of my favorite quotes of all time is, "There is no way to be a perfect mother but a million ways to be a good one." (Jill Churchill)
We can take this quote and recreate it in a thousand different ways:
- There is no way to have a perfect diet but a million ways to have a good one.
- There is no way to have a perfect body but a million ways to have a good one.
- There is no way to be perfect at your job..
and on and on.
The point of this is that I think a lot of us (read: me) pass over good in our efforts for best.
"I was doing so good today and then I had a cookie, so I might as well forget the rest of the day."
"I don't have time or energy to exercise today, so I might as well go all in and eat whatever I want."
Don't get me wrong, I am always striving for best. I want to live my life with excellence, not average-ness. However, let's not pass over good if we can't get to best.
Some days good is enough and good is all we need. And lots and lots of good days add up to best, if you ask me.