I Want Progress, Not Perfection

The perfectionist in me simultaneously sighs with relief and begins to panic.

Can it be a little perfect? I can’t make too many mistakes along the way, can I?!

Progress. Not Perfection. That’s what really matters.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of life and abruptly fall victim to unfortunate circumstances. Things don’t always go according to plan; in fact, they rarely go exactly according to plan. Flexibility; it’s important! But when things to go wrong and you’re feeling unprepared, that’s when you need to remember that phrase: I’m looking for progress, not perfection.

Guess what? Progress includes a little failure along the way. A few stumbles here, a few roadblocks there, fine. At least you’re moving forward!

Don’t wait to move until the “perfect time”… because you’ll never move at all. The perfect time is now. Don’t let life pass you by because perfection is holding you back.

Just take what Earl Nightingale said to heart:

never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. the time will pass anyway.

Believe in your future self. Your flaws make you unique – and you are capable of great things.

Focus on progress – even if it’s a little messy.

Your friend,

Jenni xo

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2 Comments on “I Want Progress, Not Perfection

  1. Love this.

    I have a mantra I live by, especially when deep in a difficult life moment. Progress everyday, even if just a fraction. All those little fractions add up over time to something big and better.

    And, when an undesirable task looms large, I focus on the tiniest of first steps to get the ball rolling, which often turns into a snowball and the realization that the task was not as ‘bad’ as I had created in my mind.

    Thanks for sharing NextJen. It is such wisdom from my children’s generation that gives me great hope for the future.

    • I love that you have a mantra that you live your life by! So inspiring. I definitely read over your comment a few times because I loved what you said so much! ” – the task was not as ‘bad’ as I had created in my mind.” Isn’t that so true? We are our own worst enemies sometimes.

      I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the post! Thank you! 🙂

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