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Defining Perfection

Why Are You Waiting?

While watching the news this morning, I saw a commercial for a local jeweler promoting how easy, and profitable, it is to sell your gold to them. It started with, “I don’t know why I waited so long…”

I’ve talked and written about perfection before, even asking that very question, What Are You Waiting For? Of course, the answer for most usually deals with perfection. Clients say it to me all the time when we’re talking about their goals, even when they don’t realize that’s what they’re saying. The need for perfection stalls most of us and often prevents us from taking action.

What if we change the definition of perfection? Ok, now you’re probably thinking “He’s crazy. Who does he think he is that he gets to change the definition of a word?” Relax, after doing a search on the definition of perfection, I realized we don’t need to change the definition, after all. We just need to change our perspective.

Perfection is:
as defined by Merriam-Webster, “the act or process of perfecting.”.
as defined by Answers.com, “the or process of perfecting; An instance of excellence.”
as defined by Dictionary.com, “the highest or most nearly perfect degree or quality of a trait.”

See? There is no need to change the definition, just our interpretation of and perspective on it. You see, perfection is in doing. It’s a process. We perfect by doing, not by waiting for the right time, the right conditions or the “perfect” idea.

So, stop waiting. Take Action. Go be perfect.

4 comments to Defining Perfection

  • Great insights! It goes to the saying that you are perfect just the way you are because we are all works in progress. Just when you believe you’ve got something, you realize there is more. There is always the MORE due to the Universe being infinite.

    The need to be perfect before taking a step is usually due to people are used to creating from fear, self-imposed limitations and/or survival energies. In co-dependent behaviors, one is always worried about making a mistake, pleasing someone else or concerned whether they are loved, accepted, approved and validated. Your point allows for freedom to move! Thanks Steve for sharing!!!!

  • Steve Frank

    Thank you, Amanda. I agree, there’s always more–in a good way. It’s about continuously seeing the possibilities. The key, as you said, is not to approach things from a position of fear. After all, what’s the worst that can happen if we take action?

  • I always feel perfection can only be preceded by practice. Even if you do something perfectly, there is a strong chance you may not be able to truly take advantage of the benefits of your perfection. I think of all the squandered “perfect” opportunities that I have encountered in my life and I know it was due to not being ready. You can only be prepared through practice. Put in the work and perfection will be a fateful event.

  • Steve Frank

    Hubert, I agree. Perfection is a process that requires practice, patience and persistence, as well as timing. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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