Perfection: Something to Strive for, or Fear?

Everyone has a personalized image and description of what they would describe as “perfect”. One person might see a fancy sports car as the perfect vehicle for them because they want something fast, but another might see a big truck at the perfect vehicle because they frequently haul or tow things. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to describing things as one would call “perfect”.


Because of the great diversity of things we call perfect and the thousands of descriptions that can be given to it, why do so many people strive for perfection?

It’s coming around that time of year for New Year’s resolutions. Lots of people set goals they would like to achieve over the coarse of the next year around this time. If we go through the effort to set these goals and make a plan to achieve them, why do so many people give up or fail at them, especially within the first 1/4th of the year? Below is a list of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions people set:

  • Quit Smoking
  • Exercise
  • Eat Healthier
  • Go to Religious Services


All of these things have something in common just like any other goals that people set. They are achievable with effort. So why can’t we stick with it all year long? The answer isn’t as complicated as you think. Although we have the realization that perfection is impossible to achieve, we strive for it and get upset when we give in or don’t put in as much effort as we should to reach those goals.


If your goal is to eat healthier and on your 4th day in you give in to some McDonalds, you might think to yourself “I’ve failed, might as well stop trying now.” You begin to slack more and more and lose motivation. We want to be perfect so badly that when we realize we aren’t, we stop trying to be BETTER. We can chase perfection all we want but if we don’t accept mistakes and failure along the way, nothing will come of it and eventually we will quit chasing it.

You can better yourself or even achieve excellence at something, but you will never be perfect. Embrace your mistakes. After all, we are only human.

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