Perfection stifles growth.
If perfection could speak it would say:
“Don’t do it wrong”
“Don’t embarrass yourself”
“Everyone will know if you make a mistake”
“We cannot make errors”
“Our mistakes define us”
“There is a right way and a wrong way to do this and you aren’t doing it right”
As long as we hold on to the belief that we must do things ‘right’ or perfectly,
We limit our ability to grow.
Growth requires stretching and doing things that are uncomfortable.
Discomfort is painful.
Discomfort wants us to believe we aren’t doing something the way we should.
Which triggers our ‘perfection’ response.
And so, we stop.
We don’t move through the difficult
Because we want to be perfect.
The irony is that, to become more capable, we must grow.
We must move through discomfort to develop our skills.
We must be imperfect to achieve the best version of ourselves.
If we hold on to the completely-unachievable-goal of perfection
We stifle the very thing that will allow us to have more of what we want.
Perfection doesn’t exist.
But it is perfectly perfect to do new things imperfectly.
When you do this… you’re doing it… Absolutely right.