The goal is not to be perfect by the end. The goal is to be better today. – Simon Sinek
In a provocative presentation, Bill Bellows explains how and why we should focus on progress or improvement instead of perfection or even problems. The issue with focusing on problems is that they end or are fixed. It is like putting out a fire. Once the fire is out, we are not better but back to how things were. Improvement on the other hand can create progress, fixing problems cannot.
Perfection can be problematic because it is never attained. Perfection is something to strive toward, however what perfection is changes as it becomes closer. As you near goals, adjustments are often necessary. These adaptations cannot be compromises, where we give up something, but improvements. As Stephen Covey explained in the 3rd Alternative, not my way or your way, but a better way (see Honoring Justice Scalia – Dare to Disagree) We adapt because we gain a clearer picture of what will help us achieve a desired aim.
Progress can lead to perfection, however the concept of perfection continually evolves. This means we should engage in constant and never ending improvement. To maintain inspiration and motivation, it is therefore vital we note progress and feel good for any and all gains. Not only does progress document movement toward a desired state, it puts us in a positive state and is what I refer to as wellness, see Experiencing Wellness = Progress Toward Desired.
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