When We Strive for Perfection We Settle for Excellence

Blog - VCF (3).png“Perfection is not attainable – but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi 

The world changes every moment. Change impacts every aspect of life… your home, business, friends and family. Change begets the need for more change. We must constantly evaluate where we are and how we can improve. We must never cease the quest for continuous growth, always striving to be better than we were the day before.

When I think about what it takes to truly find success in business and in life, two things come to mind: commitment and sacrifice. This is something my parents instilled in me from a young age and something I worked hard to instill in my own children. We’ve all heard the old saying, “anything worth doing, is worth doing well.” There is no sense in doing anything halfway. But, with this in mind, how do we manage competing priorities? How can we give our entire self to multiple pursuits?

Where I’ve found answers to these questions are in the words of Vince Lombardi quoted above. While we will never find perfection, through its pursuit we can accomplish far more than we could ever imagine. Life is not easy but if you never push yourself into chaos, you will never know what you can truly accomplish. There will be days when you feel like you are moving further away from that ideal of perfection you set out to achieve. You may feel as if you aren’t doing anything particularly well in an effort to keep up with everything on your plate.

However, when that overwhelming feeling starts to creep in, I would urge you to keep going. And to remember that while perfection will never be attainable, the constant desire and effort to improve keeps us all moving forward. Your journey will not be without its pitfalls, but those pitfalls give you experience and confidence in your ability to solve problems and overcome. While our priorities may compete for attention from time to time, remember that our goals do not fall into separate silos. Working towards one goal will make you more prepared to accomplish the next one.

Michael Gelb, founder and president of The High Performance Learning Center, has a quote that “Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving.” What a powerful message that carries! As you are feeling bogged down by problems and road blocks, just remember that they are getting you one step closer to excellence. Often the solutions utilized in the face of one challenge, can be applied to the next.  

Over VCF’s 22 year history, we have worked with hundreds of small and medium sized businesses and as we watch each of them chase their dream and their ideal success, we have been humbled by the accomplishments and the excellence that has been achieved. Partnering with people who are constantly working to better themselves and their organization is what motivates us to be persistent in our pursuit of perfection.