“Don’t let perfect get in the way of better.” ~ Voltaire
Young girls swoon over the thought of the perfect date. Students strive for the perfect 100 test score or the even bigger perfect 4.0 GPA. Every kid who ever stepped onto a pitcher’s mound has dreamed of pitching the perfect game. We all strive for perfection at some point in our lives, but perfection is something rarely achieved and should never be set as our expectations. If we expect perfection we will surely be disappointed and eventually, discouraged.
Our expectations instead, should be to improve; to be better today than we were yesterday and to be better tomorrow than we were today. That is to say, life is more about making progress than achieving perfection, and that’s as it should be. Once perfection is achieved – once you do pitch that perfect game – you are perfect for that moment only and you can only go down from there. So you can really say perfection should be a goal, not a destination.
Because perfection is such a rare occurrence, if we accept nothing less than perfection we be constantly frustrated until we will stop trying. Why try if it’s only going to end in disappointment? I believe that is what Voltaire meant when he made this observation about perfect getting in the way of better.
No matter the endeavor, school, sports, sales, faith, parenting, you name it, as long as we are making daily progress that is really the goal. We may never achieve perfection and that’s okay, as long as we are better. What can you do today to be better than you were yesterday?