Practice Makes Progress, Not Perfection: Why Being Cool with Imperfection Is Way Better

We’ve all grown up with this whole “practice makes perfect” mantra shoved down our throats. So much so, that when I was designing a ‘family rules’ plaque for our home, one of the things I had put on it was “practice makes perfect” – I’ve evolved since then and have now crossed it out to read “practice makes progress”, which feels a whole lot better.

Why? Because perfection is overrated, impossible to achieve, and quite frankly, boring. It’s time to flip the script and embrace the idea that “practice makes progress” instead. Trust me, it’s a game-changer. So, buckle up and let’s dive into why being cool with imperfection is the way to go.

Embracing Imperfection Like a Boss:

Listen, nobody’s perfect, and that’s what makes us interesting and unique. Trying to be flawless is like chasing a unicorn—it’s just not going to happen. Embracing our imperfections allows us to be real, genuine, and relatable. So, let’s raise a glass to our quirks and imperfections, because they’re what make us awesome! Perfection is subjective, my idea of perfection is not going to be the same as yours, so the concept makes very little sense either.

The Power of Baby Steps:

Forget about that daunting quest for perfection in one go. It’s time to appreciate the baby steps—the little victories we achieve along the way. Progress is all about taking one step at a time and continuously improving. Each practice session, each attempt, no matter how small, is a step closer to reaching our goals. So, let’s break it down, celebrate those mini-wins, and keep on going.

Failure Is Not the Enemy:

Here’s the deal: failure is not the end of the world. In fact, it’s a powerful teacher. When we’re fixated on perfection, failure becomes this monstrous beast we’re terrified of encountering, but when we adopt the “practice makes progress” mindset, failure becomes just another stepping stone on our journey. It’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and come back stronger. So, let’s embrace failure and turn it into our secret weapon. If you listen to anyone who has achieved great things, you will know they failed so many times on the way there.

Flex That Growth Mindset:

Alright, peeps, get ready to flex your growth mindset muscles. Instead of believing we’re stuck with a fixed set of abilities, let’s embrace the idea that we can develop and improve over time. With a growth mindset, setbacks become temporary roadblocks, not permanent barriers. We become unstoppable forces of awesomeness, always ready to take on new challenges and grow into our best selves.

Enjoying the Ride:

Why the heck are we so obsessed with the destination that we forget to enjoy the journey? Life’s about the experiences, the ups and downs, the fun we have along the way. When we focus on progress rather than perfection, we learn to appreciate the process itself. So, let’s kick back, enjoy the ride, and celebrate every step forward, no matter how small.

Final thoughts:

Alright, my friends, it’s time to drop the pursuit of perfection and embrace the power of progress. Imperfection is where the magic happens—it makes us interesting, relatable, and human. So, let’s take those baby steps, embrace failure as a teacher, nurture our growth mindset, and most importantly, enjoy the hell out of the journey. Remember, practice makes progress, and progress is what makes life exciting and fulfilling. Cheers to being imperfectly awesome!

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