Hello again, to you, my friend.
Today I want to talk a little about aiming for perfection. One thing I’ve learned on the 41 years I’ve been on this planet is stuff takes time. If you think you need to do something perfectly every time, then you won’t be getting very far and will be limiting yourself.
I was talking with someone last week, and they told me a story about the famous actor – Will Smith. I’m not sure if it’s true or even if it’s correct, but I thought it was a great story, so I’ll share it. When Will was a young boy, his dad smashed a wall down. He said to Will and his brother that they should rebuild it brick by brick. His father said it didn’t matter how long it took them; the point is to keep adding each block until they rebuilt the wall. When they had replaced each brick, he explained that this was the same as life. In life, if you keep adding one block at a time, you will make progress each day and eventually you will have built a wall.
I believe this to be so true. It doesn’t matter if it’s fitness, health, relationships, business, wealth or personal interests. You have to keep working at it to edge forward. If you keep making a little progress each day and always keep going a little further then after some time, you can look back and see how far you have come. Sometimes you may experience a setback, but if you realign and come again, then you will always be making progress. If you stop altogether because it’s not perfect, then you are not going anywhere.
I’m a fan of the film wolf of wall street, and I read something that Jordan Belfort said. My spin on it is this. There is no such thing as an overnight success. You can become successful overnight, but what you don’t see are the countless hours they put in each day to reach that point and all past failures and struggles. It can take a long time to reach the point when you become a success overnight. It’s because they made some progress each day.
You may be impatient. You may want it all now. You may keep starting something and giving up because it’s not the standard you want it to be. But trust in these words. The master was once a beginner. That is in whatever you do. So stop being so critical, cut yourself some slack and keep chipping away and make a little more progress each day.
Until next time.
All the best,