Seems like I need a daily reminder of the distinction between excellence and perfection.
Excellence is solid. It’s grounded. It comes from inside you. It calls for good posture, shoulders back, sharp focus and an inner smile. It summons your strengths, talents and gifts and it calls for you to SHINE. Excellence knows when things are good enough for you. It’s balanced. It feeds you a nourishing meal of satisfaction and fulfillment. It stands on its own and does not require accolades or pats on the back or Facebook likes. It sends you to bed happy and wakes you up ready to do it all over again.
Perfection likes to disguise itself as a drive for excellence. But the energy is completely different. Can you feel it?
Perfection is built on the fear of rejection and the need for approval. It’s cranky and fickle. There is no floor beneath it. It’s the worst kind of fast food meal, empty in its calories and leaving your belly upset and feeling gross. It pushes you when you’re running on fumes. It’s externally focused. It is scanning the landscape, playing out the reactions of everyone OUT THERE. All the THEYS. Only there are too many THEYS and they all have different critical points of views. It is hedging bets, trying to make sure that it gets the most amount of approval and least amount of criticism. It keeps you up through the night, circling and looping, trying to figure it out.
Perfection is telling me that I need reassurance from myself that the world is for me, not against me. It’s telling me that I need a hug…and a nap.