Saturday, March 7, 2015
The Not Perfect Blog Post
What does it mean to be perfect? Have you ever thought about this? Have you ever looked at someone and thought that they were perfect or had a perfect life? Do you ever wish that you were perfect?
Perfection is a false perception. Nobody is perfect. Nobody will ever reach perfection. Perfection would be quite boring if you actually think about it. So why is it that our society pushes us to be somebody or something that we are not?
I’m not sure I can answer that, but I would like to introduce you to an organization that is designed to show you that being NOT perfect is perfectly acceptable. The organization is the Not So Perfect Hat Club. You can find more information about this wonderful program by visiting www.notperfecthatclub.com. The Not So Perfect Hat Club sends a message to people that you are just fine the way you are. You have talents and abilities that can take you anywhere you want to go in life. You don’t have to try to be somebody or something else. All you need to do is to be you, and be the best “you” you can be. You are perfectly fine the way you are and nobody can take that away from you.
So how can you be the best “you?” Vince Lombardi probably said it better than anyone when he said, “perfection is not attainable, but if we chose perfection we can catch excellence.” Rather than focusing on an end result, focus on what you can do today. Constant progression will put you on a path to excellence. Will you have setbacks? Will you have bad days? Absolutely you will, but those moments do not define who you are. How you handle the setbacks and rough days will determine how far you can go.
If you have a beating heart, please live by the following guidelines.
1. You are special. There is not one other person like you, and that is an awesome thought.
2. You are not perfect. Nobody is perfect and that is perfectly fine.
3. You matter. You absolutely matter to many people. People you don’t even know care about you and are better just because you exist.
4. Help others. We can help people by lifting them up and praising them. Even though you ultimately control your own destiny – you can influence and be influenced. You may just find that by helping others you are actually helping yourself.
5. Practice optimistic thinking. If we strive to think better and do better, the world in which we live will ultimately be better. You will find that your optimistic thinking will become habitual and it will yield a much happier life for yourself.
I’m not a scientist, sociologist, psychologist, or anything that ends in ist or gist. I’m an educator and educatorist is not a word. I’m a human being that believes the world is great and the people that make it up are even greater. The words that come out of my mouth carry no more weight than the words that come out of yours or others. I’m not famous. I’m not a billionaire. I've never been on Dr. Phil, Ellen, or the Price is Right. I’m an ordinary person just letting you know that ordinary is ok, and that you control your transformation from ordinary to extraordinary.
Next time somebody tells you that you are not perfect, say thank you. Perfect would be boring. If you don’t believe me or want to listen to me then ponder on the following quote from Albert Einstein.
“A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem.”
So now that I’m not perfectly fine with this not so perfect blog, I’m going to stop writing and continue to not be perfect. I will however strive for it, work for it, and dream for it, and hopefully settle on excellence.