This post was inspired by a post written in 2007 by Michael Kwan of beyond the rhetoric. I was reading a current post a few weeks ago in which the post “The Quandary of Comparing Yourself to Others” had the same tag. I went on to read the older post and it struck a cord with me, not about comparing myself to others, but comparing myself to my vision of what I thought I should be.
Interestingly, I always feel like I never live up to what I’m supposed to be able to do. In other words, I set perfection as my goal and can’t ever knowingly achieve it. I’m not failing in the eyes of others, but to myself I am. After reading Michael’s post I contemplated my own view of what I want out of myself and is it realistic. Should I be setting such lofty goals to achieve? Should I worry about what I haven’t completed when I look at the goal?
The answers I came up with were no and no. With those answers I changed my thought process and have actually become more relaxed and have been able to congratulate myself on the accomplishments that I do have. If I can’t get to a task, I realize that I did my best and it will still be there in the morning to finish. At the end of the day I know that I have given my best, put in a full day and can be proud of the work I’ve done.
Perfection might be nice, but it’s not worth the happiness of doing your best and enjoying yourself. If you are like me, give yourself a break, work to enjoy, there is more to life than perfection.