“The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.” – Elbert Hubbard
Fact: you can’t make it through life with a clean slate.
You’re going to make mistakes, face challenges, and have a handful of “oh shit” moments.
If you look to fitness, athletic performance, academics, and career, no one can achieve “perfect.”
Of course, fucking up feels icky, makes you cringe, and perhaps it even gives you a knotted feeling in your stomach. And I know how much these feelings suck.
Alas, they’re an inevitable part of life. So get used to them.
Because look. To accomplish success, you have to immerse yourself in a total shit storm of high and lows. In fact, this infographic couldn’t speak more to this wild ride:
Straight lines are boring, aren’t they? LOL. And squiggle lines are way more exhilarating. ;-O
If you’re going through life squiggling, turning, curving, whirling, falling, rising, oscillating, you’re doing yourself a service.
What kills me about perfectionism is it stagnates us.
With that, I urge you to look to the last time you fucked up.
This could’ve been missing a penalty kick in a championship game. Or plagiarizing a paper in school. Or not being prepared for a power lifting meet. Or forgetting your best friend’s birthday.
Needless to say, shit happens. And always will.
And I’m willing to bet you learned from these mistakes and knocked them out of the park the next time around.
To that end, the more you lean into these fuck-ups, the more you’re able hone personal growth.
I recently read an amazing book by positive psychologist Tal Ben-Shahar called The Pursuit of Perfect: How To Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life.
I recommend this book for coaches, parents, youth athletes, and business owners looking to fight off their perfectionist psyches.
If you want to live a fulfilled life, it’s time to be open to experimenting, innovating, making mistakes, and thinking outside the box.
By no means, will any of this always go smoothly. But that’s the beauty right there. That’s what builds grit, tenacity, and an intoxicating desire to get better.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t waste your time being stuck in perfectionism.
Because the alternative of not giving a fuck is way more exciting, spontaneous, and self fulfilling.
And you know what’s more exciting? Publishing this article with no edits. ;-O