There are innumerable quotes that suggest that perfection is a laudable goal. “The good is the enemy of the great.” “Champions don’t work until they get it right, they work until they never get it wrong.” “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” Trying to reach perfection, however, is a surefire way to hurt your self-confidence.
If you set perfection or even near-perfection as a goal, you will never be satisfied. You will experience nothing but failure and feel as if your attempts to overcome that failure never succeed either. Rather than your failures giving you a chance to change and grow, they will pile up and weigh you down. Instead of chasing perfection, aim for continuous improvement. Seek to be a little better every day and celebrate your successes.
If you fall short of your goal, use your failure as a learning opportunity so you do not make the same mistakes. At the same time, celebrate how far you made it. If your goal was to save $1,000 and you saved $800, study your habits so you can save $1,000 next month. Also, celebrate that you saved $800 rather than bemoaning the fact that you fell $200 short of your goal. Achieving 80 percent of a goal is far better than never getting started.