I was reading Chris Guillebeau's article this morning on Stop Lights and it really set me to thinking about one of my main issues, a desire for perfection. While I know this may sound strange to those that think I am just aimlessly wandering, I am actually often guided by an overriding desire for perfection. Perfection in what I do, what I write, what my goals and objectives are, etc., etc., etc.
What I find is that often this personal desire for perfection leads me to a state of inaction; exactly the opposite of what I should be doing. Striving for perfection is an admirable goal, but clearly not to the point that it keeps you from doing. Personally, I am often so caught up in wanting what I am doing to be perfect that I end up not doing anything. This whole thought process leads naturally into the question, what exactly is the definition of Perfection?
If we take ourselves out of the physical world, where perfection is clearly easier to define, and into the more ethereal world of the mind, one has to come to the conclusion that Perfection is something that is defined by each of us in what must be some hazy cloud of thought. Perfection must then be more emotional than tangible when it comes to the world of 'doing'.
So, for me, I am taking a vow right now to give up a bit on striving for perfection. As it relates to this site, I am going to just write more, without concern on what is 'right' or what is perfect. In my life, I am going to strive to more openly follow the path that is in front of me, without over analyzing each and every decision I make based on some cloudy mental concept of 'Perfection'. Even now, just to prove a point, and really commit, I will just stop and leave it at that.