“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dalí
I think it is really amusing to remind ourselves of any situation when we uttered “Oh, I want to be perfect this time”. Job interview, business presentation, first date. On those occasions, we want to make sure everything is well prepared in order to successfully tackle any conditions. If everything goes under our control then we can say “Perfect!”.
Certain conditions surely require perfection. However, some people think that perfection should be a way of life. They want to practice it all the time. We may identify some people who have the character of perfectionists. These people are busy paying attention to every tiny detail and never satisfies themselves. They are awesome but also irritating kind of people. They push themselves every time to achieve their perfect standard and relentlessly get everything under their control.
I used to be more or less a perfectionist. When I feel that my ideas are not good enough, I procrastinate my creative process until I find an outstanding one. As great ideas rarely happen, my productivity barely improves. I never say no to people asking me something although I do not like doing it. In another situation, I become uncomfortable as soon as I find out that something shall be better. As a result, I am not happy with the way things are.
Perfection, in contrary to what it suggests, does not represent a positive way of life. It pushes aside the biggest point for something less important. Perfection is fear transforming itself into objectives. It only wastes our time and energy. Perfection does not exist. In the end, we pursue what we never achieve.
Wise people never seek for perfection. Instead of wanting to be superman, they embrace the mindset of life is simply a long process of learning and improving. We accept mistakes and grow by finding the right way. We shall not value ourselves from how perfect we are, but from how we are better than what we were.