Are your standards too high for yourself and your business? Are you striving for perfection and striving for unreasonable, often unattainable goals? (If you answered yes, then we need to talk.)

The word PERFECT by itself is (in my humble opinion) unreasonable. It can make you anxious and cause you to question yourself about a whole bunch of things. Imagine the constant need to ask yourself:

  • Is what I’m doing or working on good enough?
  • Did I make the right decision?
  • Am I good enough?
  • Did I say the right thing?
  • What will others think?
  • Is it perfect? 

PERFECT?!? (Yikes, that’s scary.)

When I look the word up in the dictionary to see if I’ve “arrived” and accomplished perfection, the definition alone demotivates me: 

Conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type

Entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings

Exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose

I don’t know about you, but I fall short when it comes to being PERFECT. Not occasionally, but every single time that I strive to “measure up,” I fail.

I’m NOT perfect.

From what I can see, “perfect” is subjective and in the eyes of the beholder. We all have different perceptions and realities. What may seem perfect to one may not seem perfect to another.

If we are striving for perfection, we will grow weary. If we wait until everything is perfect, we will get stuck. WHY? Perfect does NOT exist.

Several years ago, after I got married and had my first child, I received input and opinions from every angle on ALL the things I should or should not be doing as a wife, mom, and working woman. This advice included what my kid should or should not be doing at a certain age. Finally, I decided to STOP!

I decided to STOP trying to be perfect and make everything perfect or “seem” perfect. Instead, I committed to excellence and to do my best. PERIOD.

I said GOOD-BYE to being perfect and the opinions of others.

And I said HELLO to doing my best, pursuing excellence, and waking up every day saying yes to God — accepting HIS mercy and grace and forgiveness and seeking to put a smile on HIS face! (See Phil. 4:13)

Is perfect tripping YOU up? If so, kick it to the curb and join me on a different journey, and move forward embracing I’Mperfect. Truly. It’s a whole lot lighter.