Perfection Vs. Excellence

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence” -Vince Lombardi


The thing with expecting perfection is that turning in a pretty good report is better than no report because you couldn’t get it perfect. Wiping down the sink each day is better than waiting until you have the time and energy to deep clean the tiny details of it. Spending time with your spouse around the house this weekend is better than putting it off until a perfect date night can be planned.

Being a “perfectionist” is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a great attribute! Instead of putting yourself down for wanting things to be perfect, see that as a strength. A huge strength.

Just like any strength, wanting things to be perfect is a trait that still needs to be cultivated and stretched in order to help you reach your full potential. So, if “perfectionism” is your strength, embrace it and build upon it by remembering that working towards perfection can bring excellence, as long as you’ve truly accepted that not a single thing you do will ever be perfect. Excellence, therefore, should be your aim.


Your thoughts? Are you a self-proclaimed perfectionist? Share in the comments below!

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