Life Hack Number 3- Excellence vs Perfection
Perfection leaves us all lacking in some way. It seems like a picture that has been touched up and not quite real. It's also a hook that lures us into the pursuit of something outside ourselves. It is tied strongly to objectification and longing. If only I had that perfect (______) my life would be so great! I would feel so good and people would respect me, love me, envy me, if only?
Most likely it's static which means once attained it is likely to degrade in value. It is often a measure that we use to denigrate ourselves. I'll never be perfect! I am not smart enough, good looking enough, rich enough, it's hopeless for me. It fosters feelings of isolation and separation and even if we achieve "perfection" or some idealized state the luster will fade.
Excellence as an expression of pure intention is a practice that embraces both action and consistent learning over time. Excellence is making your best effort according to conditions. The feeling is internal and does not seek approval. Excellence is a journey not a destination!
Excellence is an offering of your full attention to the task at hand. This can be challenging at first as we may be used to making half efforts that are good enough. Half efforts result in mediocrity and a story-line that supports your lack of investment. When your attention slips bring it back, "don't believe your thoughts" simply pay attention and relax into the task.
In time this will be your way of doing things and this new found awareness and the flowing sensation that accompanies it will be a gift to yourself. After all everyone deserves to be excellent!
About the Author
Behavior Change Coach and Author James Barfoot CHt holds certifications as a Master Practitioner of NLP and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist who is registered to practice in Washington State. He developed The Primal Toolbox a behavior change and coaching strategy based on a tribal models. James lives in Spokane WA.