“Allow yourself the freedom to step away from perfection because it is only then that you can find success.” – Chase Jarvis
Perfection is an illusion because it’s based entirely on perception and impression. The reason perfection is an illusion is because it gives a false appearance and deceptive impression of what’s possible. Perfection gives the impression that extraordinary results are “NORMAL.”
An illusion, according to dictionary.com, is a false appearance or deceptive impression of reality: the mirror gives an illusion of depth. A false or misleading perception or belief; delusion: he has the illusion that he is really clever.
Typically, when we either see or experience something that appears to be perfect, or nearly perfect, what we don’t see are the countless hours of practice and preparation that went into the creation of the “thing” that appears perfect.
We get the impression from seeing perfection that it should be readily available to us and that just simply isn’t the truth. However, that doesn’t mean perfection is impossible. It’s just impossible from the standards most of us are applying to the definition.
According to Wikipedia: An illusion is a distortion of the senses, revealing how the brain normally organizes and interprets sensory stimulation. Though illusions distort reality, they are generally shared by most people. Some illusions are based on general assumptions the brain makes during perception.
We live in a world today where we are bombarded with images of perfection (ted talks speech about this). These images of perfection are small distortions of the truth, but nonetheless, they are distortions. They give us an altered frame of reference that our brains use while engaged in the activity of perception.
Perfection is not about being perfect. Perfection is about our commitment to improvement, to being just a little better today, than yesterday. Perfection is about the effort we give and the way we show up in our work and in life.
Perfection is about playing full out. Here is something I learned from a movie made about a TEAM that was nearly perfect: “Our goal is to give the perfect effort on every play.” Coach Ladouceur believed in teaching his TEAM about perfect effort, not perfection. Also worth noting here is the language of stating an intention about perfect effort on “every” play… The quote doesn’t say we will try. It doesn’t say “every other play” either!
When we both set a powerful intention and at the same time give ourselves permission to fail, we are setting an intention for “perfect effort.” We know that in the process of failing, we are really just learning what not to do next time and simply giving ourselves the opportunity and permission to begin again with new information!
Author Bio: Bobby Kountz
Bobby‘s a Quote Enthusiast, an Intrapreneur, and an Aspiring Entrepreneur with a Uniquely Positive Perspective on Life. He’s a Writer and Aspiring Author and Inspirational Speaker, a Dedicated Volunteer, and Socially Conscious Change Maker. He can be found on Twitter @bobby_kountz or on anchor.fm/bobby-kountz