Progression not Perfection

What an interesting world we live in! With so many people competing for status quo, its very easy to look at ourselves and analyze what we are not.  I personally was raised in a home with high standards, I played highly competitive sports all my life, I have competed in bodybuilding competitions, and I have a Masters Degree.  I once ran a marathon without training for it. I just wanted to see if I could do it.  My point is, I put high standards on myself.  I’m not the best at anything, I’m not the most impressive person you have ever met, I just try to win at everything that I do.  If you consider yourself a high achiever as well, this read is for you.

“Gentlemen, we are relentlessly going to chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.”

―Vince Lombardi

Kiss perfection goodbye!!!  But seriously, perfection is the aiming point, and you and I both know we will never achieve it. That’s refreshing, right!? WE WILL NEVER ACHIEVE PERFECTION!!! We don’t have to lower our standards, we don’t have to stop trying so hard, we just need to be more gentle with ourselves when we fall short of the mark. You see, heroes are not heroes because they are perfect, heroes are heroes because they never stop trying to be.  Progression is the key. We need to ask ourselves, “Am I better than I was 6 months ago?”  Whenever the answer is “no” its time to change something in our life.  One problem I often notice with people is they do not take ownership of their own life. Maybe you also know the person who thought that if they moved to a different state than life would deal them a different hand. Maybe so, but in order to change your life, you have to change how you think. Napoleon Hill teaches us this in the book “Think and Grow Rich”.  Another concept to grasp  while falling short of the mark is – Grace. Grace, in my opinion is best defined as – “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification”.

We need to practice giving ourselves grace.  Results wont come overnight in any endeavor.  The admiration and ponder of a legacy is the distance, trials, and ability to overcome. The ability to endure is something to be cherished.   What will we be remembered for? Will we go down as the person who couldn’t get it perfect so we gave up!? I DON’T THINK SO!! I don’t know about you but I’m going down as the guy who was never perfect but had a decided heart.

So lets think long term. Lets understand we’re going to mess up 100,000 times and every time we mess up we’re going to take a deep breath and say “I’ll do better next time”.  The honor is in the pursuit of perfection and the grit to keep trying over and over again.