“Progress not perfection” is a mantra heard frequently in support groups. I repeat it often in my work with clients and when I am trying to be gentle in my own self -talk.
It’s a reminder that “good enough is good enough”. Whether one is recovering from addiction, writing a resume or adopting a new food plan – beating oneself up for “missing the mark” is self-defeating.
Perfectionism is paralyzing!
How many things haven’t you tried because you were afraid to look silly? I did and among others – missed an opportunity to learn to ski. I still mourn the courses I didn’t opt for in college because “I can’t afford a ‘C’. How much richer would my experiences be in the museums I love, had I been satisfied to “get” even just 2/3 of what an esteemed Art History professor had to say.
You get the point.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence
Vince Lombardi Jr.
Let’s take Mr. Lombardi’s advice on board – he never had a losing season while coaching in America’s NFL.
No perfect seasons – but all winning.
“If your fidelity to perfectionism is too high, you never do anything.” – David Foster Wallace