The Plight for Perfection

Each of us have encountered circumstances where being perfect didn’t seem possible, and other times where achieving perfection was less rewarding than we had hoped it would be. I experienced this phenomenon just a few days ago on Christmas morning watching my young boys tear into their beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts. I had put a great deal of thought into what “Santa” would bring each of them, and I sat in great suspense for them to finally reach those few special packages. When they did, the boxes they were packaged in were played with fervently while the carefully selected toys were left under the rubble. So much for “Santa’s” Intuition! I have clients that lament when their superiors don’t praise them for presentations that they spend hours pouring over to perfect color schemes, font styles, and other minute details. The question remains, “Why do you strive for perfection when good enough will do?”

I’m pretty confident that professional baseball players have this one pretty well mastered. Baseball isn’t a game of perfect! It’s a game where hitting 300 can bring you All-Star status. The pros know that the trick is just being slightly better than the next guy in the lineup. They don’t worry about one strike out, or about hitting a homerun every time they swing the bat. They focus on consistency- and they are quick to showcase their strengths.


Monday Morning Perspective:

“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.” Eugene Delacroix

“Some of us (perfectionists, especially) fuss so much over making the ‘right’ choice, but in life, all that’s really needed is to make any’ good’ choice, believe in it, go through with it, and accept the consequences.” –Unknown

“People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it”Edith Schaeffer

As this year winds to a close, I challenge you to take a new perspective when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. I’d like you to choose three things that you consider you greatest strengths and make resolutions that will put those talents to work for you more effectively in 2011.  Stop spending 90% of your time focusing on your weakest 10%. Bring someone on your team that can handle that 10% with his or her eyes closed, and free you up to do what you do best. Exploit your strengths and stop wasting time worrying about imperfections.

Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year filled with perfect moments and perfect memories that aren’t overlooked in a search for perfection.

See you next year!

Warmest Regards, 

Crystal Dyer

© Crystal Dyer 2010. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 2158-1355


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