Having no mistakes or flaws, completely correct or accurate, having all the qualities you want in that kind of person, situation, etc.
Many people spend their lives striving for perfection—perfection in the way they look, where they work, their relationships, achieving every single goal they set on their first attempt. Why do religions exalt perfection? Why does perfection is preached as possible?
The good news is: non of us is even close to being perfect. The not-so-good news is that we’ve forgotten this and, as a result, many of us spend our whole lives in that pursuit of perfection, and therefore we often suffer unnecessarily.
Perfection is as elusive as silence. You can never quite reach perfection; and just when you think you’ve achieved it, something shifts, and it’s lost. It’s difficult to even describe true perfection. How can you put into words something that’s impossible even to imagine?
the whole world is a projection of the mind ” -Unknown.
The mind is quite limited; it’s full of expectations, judgments, doubts, and attachments. So how can something as imperfect as the mind, project something perfect? It can’t. To find perfection, you need to venture beyond the mind. Perfection is not a thought; it’s more of a state of awareness. When you stop trying to find it, perfection will show up at your side.
The pursuit of excellence is the desire to attain a goal of excellence, to achieve at a high level, to be the best that one can be but without the demand attached to the goal or desire. Pursuing excellence may require tremendous effort and focus as well as other resources. But, unlike perfectionism, it does not demand a sacrifice of self-esteem as it tends to focus on the process of achievement rather than the outcome.
Excellence is marked by one thing only: it is a static quality. Whoever decides to be the best at anything must always know that the day’s supreme achievement is only of that day. In setting a standard of excellence, all that is really done is the creation of a rung on that particular ladder, and the “best” simply becomes a thing to be surpassed yet again. There is no end of the road, for any kind of excellence, and that is a hard reality. To truly work at being the best, and in any field at all, requires more than anything a level of commitment that will not weaken when the inevitable obstacles present themselves, or fresh challenges arise.
Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we might catch excellence. ” – Vince Lombardi