Pursuit of perfection

Nobody is perfect in this world. We all, however, try to get perfect results. But is that possible? Vince Lombardi once said: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

But time and again, we hear the word “perfect”. Or let’s say everyone talks about an outstanding performance in a particular area.

So, what does actually this mean? An excellent result is the cumulative effect of meticulous effort, hard work, interpersonal skills, dedication, motivation and perseverance.

We are living in a busy age today. Although everyone wants to do well in the area of work she or he is involved, we tend to look for quick results — that too with perfection.

Everyone has a desire to achieve big in life — some want to be cricketers and some wish to become great writers. There are others who want to make a name in literature or economics. Basically everybody wants to be successful; no one wants to meet with failure.

So those who want to excel in life should try to achieve excellence instead of striving to become perfectionist. When facing an important exam, crucial deadline, target or business pitch, one needs to learn to see every aspect as an opportunity to fail.

Unless we take the fear of failing out of our mind and heart, success will continue to elude us. The fear of not being able to do things “perfectly” or the fear that failure will expose one’s weakness often throws people into guilty conscience. That’s why those trying to “be perfectionists” often experience more stress in their daily lives than others.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a record number of young people worldwide are suffering from serious depression or anxiety disorders.

Keeping this in mind, young people should work hard with diligence rather than thinking whether she or he is doing things “perfectly”. A little bit of compassion and support for others when things don’t go well could also help a lot.

To sum up, all of us should be ready to face failure. Confucius said: “Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”

A failure as a matter of fact works as a stepping stone for success. We need to take small and manageable steps to achieve whatever we want in life. Those who learn from their failures ultimately succeed. A success is ultimately termed perfection.