Tag: Perfection

It is ok to be imperfect

In an ideal world everything would be in order, there would discipline, the mood would be idyllic and the setting serene and majestic. In short everything would be perfect. Perfection is also a virtue that everyone would love to embrace and hence it is a virtue that is mistakenly kept as a yardstick to judge competence, efficiency and excellence.  The reality though is that, there is imperfection all around, chaos abounds and uncertainty is the only certainty.  Coping with this reality of imperfection is the real challenge.

However since we are ingrained with the ideology that ‘perfection’ be the norm we get limited by one or more of the following ‘perfection traps’

We pursue perfection. Are you one of those who can spot a slight tilt in the photo frame hung on a wall or someone whose attention is immediately drawn to the broken tile on the floor or someone who is obsessed with order, neatness and immaculate appearance? If you answer is yes, then chances are that you are a perfectionist and anything not up to your standards can be exceedingly distressing to you.

Remember it is ok to be imperfect; but that is no excuse not to aim for perfection.

We imagine perfection to be a stumbling block. Are you waiting for the perfect moment to begin working on your wish list? Are you afraid to try something new because we want to be perfect? Do you write poems or stories but keep them hidden because we fear criticism?

Remember perfection is a relative thing; you will definitely be better than someone else in something that you do. So why not try?

We crave for perfection but hate the discipline. While we envy those who are orderly, disciplined and immaculate we would hate to emulate them for fear of having to work in an organized and disciplined manner. Perhaps we want to be a sports icon or a bestselling author; alas the discipline required to work on our dreams seems too tough. Have you wished to be a magician or at least master a couple of magic tricks? What stopped you from trying out a few magic tricks and then perfecting it?

Remember that perfection is not a gift but is an outcome of diligent effort, sacrifice and self discipline. Let us make a beginning and while we may not be perfect perhaps we would see a change in us for the better.

We can cope with chaos but cannot fathom a perfect beginning. If there was no chaos we would have no opportunity to try out new things. It is because there is imperfection around that we strive to find solutions to the problems that abound. When was the last time you had a daring haircut that shook all those around? Ever experimented with some daring outdoor activities? Did you wish you could do something for the under privileged, the illiterate, the marginalized? So why haven’t you done something yet?

Remember that imperfection is a reality that challenges us; use it as a motivator to innovate, experiment and discover.

 Action Points:

  1. Prepare a wish list of things you want to achieve. Identify 3 of the items on which you will begin work within a week. What do you want to achieve within a month, a quarter and in 6 months. Assess the progress made every week.
  2.  Everyone would like to increase his/ her income. List out 3 ways in which you believe you can try to increase your income. By how much have you increased your income by the month end? Make a similar assessment every month end. Identify how and why you achieved what you set out to do or reason for not achieving your target.

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Perfection is…

Perfection never exists in reality, but only in our dreams. Dr. Rudolf Dreikurs

Aiming for perfection is a sure shot way to ensure that we can achieve excellence in whatever we set out to do. However that does not guarantee that one can come up with a perfect performance. No doubt on some occasions and some days when the going is good, one will be able to experience the rare high of perfection but these are far and few and in between.  Perfection in its absolute sense refers to a state of meeting 100% every parameter that is enumerated which we as human beings have serious limitations in achieving. The biggest flaw being our inability to replicate in Toto what is expected of us.

On the other hand each of us capable of visualizing perfection simply because the end is crystal clear to us and we can take liberties with the process and assume we have the perfect ability to achieve it. In a perfect world for example there would be no sin, no tears and joy all around. Yet pain is a reality we cannot close our eyes too and where there is pain there will be tears. Temptation too is hard to resist and so sinfulness will be another reality that will mar the concept of perfection in this world. Yet each of us tries to live in a manner that focuses on perfection in our lives and accept the realities as inevitable.

Many of us wonder why we need to even remotely seek perfection if it is just an illusion. Perfection is not an illusion but attaining perfection can be almost illusionary for there is many a slip between the cup and lip. Even the best laid plans can go awry but when we strive for perfection we ensure that we minimize the eventualities. Perfection provides the yardstick and control points to help us be on track. When we have the parameters laid down we are better positioned to keep on track and deviations if any can be quickly pin pointed and corrected.

Perfection gives us an opportunity to experience bliss even if it is in our dreams. This state of bliss triggers hope and encourages us to overcome our limitations, forget our pain and spurs us into exceeding our own abilities. Perhaps that accounts for us being overjoyed with our success and despondent at our failure, emotions that make life so vibrant. Perfection is the reason we make another attempt even when we fail for there is that one dream we have set our eyes on and we shall overcome all odds just to realize that dream.

Remember: “In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.”Alice Walker

Try this:

  1. Which was the most wonderful holiday you ever had? Was it perfect the way you planned it out? Did the imperfections lessen the fun?  How could it have been even better? Could it have gone horribly wrong?
  2. Write down the name of a person whom you see as an idol. Now jot down 5 flaws in that person. Do these flaws in any way make you lose your respect for that person? What is it about the person that draws you to him/ her?

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