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Why Is Perfect not Perfectly More Desirable?

Would you agree the volcano in the above image is “perfectly centered” in the picture?

Yes, I would too.

However, there is a school of thought when composing a photo it may be more emphatic and/or dramatic to place your subject off-center.  Here is one explanation as to why.

You might be thinking…Why should I care about the location of the subject in a photograph?

Well, the idea can serve as a powerful metaphor for how you think about “perfect” in all aspects of your life.

Below are some statements you may have made during your life.

That was perfect! It’s perfectly done. It fits perfectly. If you can’t do it perfectly it’s not worth doing. He is a perfect idiot. That is a perfect example. It was a perfectly wonderful day…wedding…event…movie, etc. How perfect could it get? A perfect throw…serve…pass…kick…shot. Done to perfection. It was a perfect performance.

And on…and on!

Might I suggest the above statements confirm an inappropriate emphasis on the concept of “perfect?”

The question is… is anything truly and absolutely perfect?

Striving for perfection is a journey toward maximum improvement not an absolute destination. It’s an ideal.

If perfection could be consistently achieved what defines the next level of success at anything?

In short, in your life, there is always room for improvement!  And…what is true for you is true for all of us, so don’t “feel like the lone ranger.”

Here’s my key thought for your benefit…

I believe the concept of “perfect” can be limiting. Too much emphasis on that level of achievement squelches even starting a task or whatever. We think, “If I can’t get it done perfectly, then I shouldn’t even try.”

May I suggest having an attitude of done to the best of your ability is better than waiting until you can do whatever perfectly? Consider one dictionary’s definition of the word, perfect, and its various iterations.

“1. Lacking nothing essential to the whole; complete of its nature or kind.

  1. In a state of undiminished or highest excellence; without defect; flawless.
  2. Completely skilled or talented in a certain field or area.
  3. Completely reproducing or corresponding to a type or original; accurate; exact.
  4. Complete; thorough; utter.
  5. Pure; undiluted unmixed.
  6. Excellent and delightful in all respects.
  7. The state, quality, or condition of being perfect.
  8. A person or thing considered to be perfect.
  9. An instance or quality of excellence.
  10. A propensity for setting extremely high standards and being displeased with anything less.”

The bottom-line on all this is life is like playing a musical instrument.  Don’t have an attitude of waiting to start until you think you will do it perfectly.

That would be a “perfect” example of life passing you by!  Not a “pretty picture!”

garylogonewbrownsmallWhat is the first thing you will do to focus on getting things done to the best of your ability rather than perfectly?

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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