Why progress, not perfection?

Why is my tag line progress not perfection? So many reasons.

  • By now, if you’ve read any of my stuff, you know that I believe that there is no one size fits all.  I also think that there is no one size fits you – or me. Which means we get to try on lots of things and see if we like them. And we don’t have to decide to keep them until we’ve perfected them, or until we’re perfect.
  • Progress implies journey, perfection implies completion. There is so much joy, growth, enrichment and evolution in the journey. Why would you want to be finished? Bullocks to the idea that you have to finish one thing before you start another, by the way.
  • We learn as much from failing as we do from perfecting – not just the actual lessons, but also about how to accept ourselves as we are; to learn to live with the enormous contradiction that we are perfect in spite of our imperfections.
  • Life is like an onion. There’s lots of layers, and the freshest ones can involve tears. We gotta keep peeling.
  • Perfectionism. I could just stop there, but to explain just a little bit, the pursuit of perfection is a horrible waste of time. Perfectionism can be the enemy of good enough and get it out there. It can also be the foe of started. And like I said a couple of weeks ago, we just don’t need more enemies.
  • Progress is friendly and supportive and motivating and measurable and satisfying – we can always use more of that.

Those are all pretty decent reasons, but the most important reason of all – to me – is that I need the reminder every week.

And remember: in all things – progress, not perfection!


What kind of progress would you like to make? If you’d like to talk about it, send me an email and we can set something up maggie@maggiehuffman.com

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