This was the first post from THINK Like a BLACK BELT: The Blog. Inspired by Lee Anderson’s tattoo (you’ll understand in a minute), I thought this would be a good post to revisit as we wrap up another year!
From Think Like a Black Belt:
“Perfection is not a destination; it’s a never-ending process.
“Tattoo this adage on the inside of your right forearm. Look at it whenever you face challenges, adversities, or obstacles. Look at it when you’re not feeling worthy. Look at it when you’re squinting or straining to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
We’re too often hung up on the idea that we’re supposed to be at a certain level of achievement at a certain point in time. Even when you’ve genuinely fallen behind in your plans, that mindset is counter-productive. For now, just consider yourself to be exaclty where you’re supposed to be- for now.
From this moment forward, you choose to take steps to better yourself and to improve your conditions and circumstances. You may have an ideal in mind that represents some level of perfection, but any stagnant picture of perfection is at best a waste of time and at worst, a death sentence. We’re wired for action; we’re designed to be creating, inventing, building and growing. Personal development is natural, healthful, productive and exciting whether you’re looking forward to life in your twenties or looking forward to the last 20 years of life.
To access this process we need to make a semantic shift:
“Forget perfect; let’s focus on perfection. Instead of looking at perfection as an objective, try looking it as an action. Transform perfection from a noun to verb; change it from a place to a process. If perfection is a place, then it’s a specific point in time or space where this ideal can be reached. Can you possibly imagine a place or time in human existence where you will be completely without faults, doubts, fears, regrets, or desires? HA! There’s the rub! Life doesn’t work that way; unless you’re completely delusional!
“What if you just let go of the idea that perfection is a destination? Embrace perfection as a process and everything changes. As soon as you can accept it as a process, it becomes permanent and you don’t have to hold on to anything. Just allow yourself the awareness that the process of perfection never-ends; it’s continual.”
Shifting your mindset to this perspective gives you access to the great power of “living in the moment.” Once you accept perfection as an action, as a verb, you transform every moment into an opportunity for growth, learning and development.
“Today a thousand doors of enterprise are open to you, inviting you to useful work. To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities. Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worthwhile.” -Grenville Kleiser
Forget perfection as a place or a specific point in time. Enjoy it as a process and transform every moment into a moment of perfection…PERFECT!
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