Perfection vs Excellence
Updated: Feb 1, 2020
Perfection is not a practical goal. It is a pursuit that is almost guaranteed to come up fruitless.
I do believe that perfection is attainable. Perfect moments certainly exist. Perfect execution is possible on rare occasion.
The problem with perfection is that it is unsustainable.
If perfection is your end game, you'll never live up to it.
That's not cynicism, that's realism.
Excellence, however, is a worthy pursuit. A pursuit of excellence does not ignore the possibility of failure. Excellence welcomes failure, learns from it, and takes one step closer to becoming. Excellence accepts that adversity is inevitable and that your response to said failure is within your control.
Achieving excellence is terrifically difficult, and sustaining it is an even more arduous task, but it is possible. It is an all the time thing, and it requires an inside-out approach.
Pursue excellence in your attitude.
Pursue excellence in your focus.
Pursue excellence in your effort.
Pursue excellence in your response to adversity.
Only then will you have an opportunity to achieve excellence in your performance.