“It’s gotta be perfect!”
How many times has the voice in your head uttered that phrase, unhappy with things simply being “good,” always seeking out what’s perfect?
Well, there’s good news. And the news is this – things are fine the way they are! Striving for perfection all the time is exhausting… and when we take a step back and learn to accept things as “good,” it can mean all the difference in the world in our happiness and enjoyment of daily life.
Here are four perfect sayings about the follies of perfectionism, from writers and philosophers past and present:
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good – Voltaire
Let good enough be good enough. Try hard, give your best efforts, and be happy with the results, whatever they may be.
I have done my best. That is all the philosophy of living one needs. – Lin-yutang
At the end of the day, never regret anything you gave your heart to, even if it did not turn out 100% perfect the way you had imagined. Find happiness in the knowledge of pure aim and effort.
The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. – Anna Quindlen
Seek out the things about yourself that are worth celebrating, and put a rest to negative self-critique. Sure, there’s always room for improvement, but there’s also always room for satisfaction.
Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being. – John Updike
In other words, don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from swinging. Not every pitch can be a home run, so learn to celebrate the base hits along the way!