We all want to be perfect human beings – otherwise we wouldn’t strive so hard in our relationships, career aspirations, social ties, and creative works.

Setting lofty goals can result in tremendous personal achievement – but it can also result in a sense of missing out on the chances for simple happiness and contentment in the present moment!

Here are some awesome thoughts (from some pretty well-accomplished individuals) on the concept of perfection and how it affects our daily existence.

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. – Anna Quindlen

Having a destination to follow is a wonderful thing – but unless we keep a daily sense of compassion and self-acceptance as we journey towards them, then we may be missing the point of the journey.

Perfectionism is the enemy of creation, as extreme self-solitude is the enemy of well-being. – John Updike

Desiring our creative work to be excellent is a healthy positive – but fears of imperfection should never stop us from beginning. Likewise wanting to become “perfect” individuals should never hamper our social happiness and well-being.

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. – Voltaire

Sometimes perfection can be a simple sunrise, a shared smile, or the sight of a bird flying past a window. Life happens best when we see the “perfectness” in the things, people and places that are simply “good.”

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. – Proverb

Don’t worry about being perfect everyday. Worry instead about finding meaning and momentum in the day-to-day rhythms, going one moment at a time. Eventually, the things and memories that make life worth living well will accumulate like drops of water in a bowl.

Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it. – Salvador Dali

Being flawless is stressful. Smile, and relax. Things are just fine the way they are.