Excellence

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“Perfection is a fancy way to say dissatisfaction.”

This is a quote I heard the other day in a podcast by my mentor, Brendan Bruchard and this one hit me HARD. So hard in fact, I did a video inspired by this idea on my Facebook page last week called “How Perfectionism is Holding You Back.” I work with so many inspiring and amazing people. But, many times, they don’t see themselves as inspiring or amazing. Once they hit one goal, inevitably they are at it the next day working towards a bigger, better, more intense goal that has them reaching higher and higher and higher.

It is never enough.

And, so often I see the debilitating effects of this “never enough” need to be perfect.

Spoiler alert: Perfection doesn’t exist!

Yah, perfection is a lie. Perfect diets are a lie. Perfect fitness routines are a lie.

Perfect spiritual practices...

Perfect bodies...

Perfect yoga practices…

Perfect muscles…

Perfect abs…

Perfect parents…

Perfect friends…

Perfect partners...

Lies, lies, lies! All lies! Lies that come at us from so many different directions. Social conditioning. Large institutions. Social media. Familial pressure. Advertisements. All day long we are told and sold ideals of who we should be. We are reared to believe we are only enough if we are perfect.

And I can tell you from personal experience on my own journey as a recovering perfectionist, life is so much more when you let go of perfections.

So much more joy.

So much more fulfillment.

So much more presence.

So much more satisfaction.

So much more lightness.

Perfection is heavy. This is one weight I encourage to put the hell down. You are literally poisoning and paralyzing yourself with perfection. There is no way you can appreciate what is good and what is there in your life  if you are constantly striving for an ideal that doesn’t exist. Perfection is toxic because it steals from the joy of who you right now in this very moment. Perfectionism affects your relationships because you can’t focus on connecting with the people you love when you aren’t authentic because you’re always trying to be perfect.

Instead, as I proposed in my video, I encourage you to strive for excellence, not perfection. Excellence is a wonderful goal to work for in all areas of your life. You don’t have to be a perfect parent, but you can sure as heck be an excellent parent. You don’t have to have a perfect exercise routine but you can have an excellent one. And an excellent diet is the type of healthy eating you can stick with. Focus on long-term goals, not doing everything perfectly. Because, again, perfect DOESN’T EXIST.


Done is better than perfect, people. You can quote me on that!