Excellencism is a healthy alternative to perfectionism. Excellence is achievable, perfection is not. Perfectionism is control, excellence is flow. Perfectionism is often born of obsession and can lead to frustration, even anger. Given limited resources, multiple goals and competing priorities, the pursuit of perfectionism can result in too narrow a focus and worse overall outcomes. Often, the first 80% of your next priority is more important (and will take less time/energy!) than the last 20% of your current task. There is a time to release and move on.
“Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection.” – Kim Collins
“If I waited for perfection… I would never write a word.” – Margaret Atwood
“A good plan swiftly done now is better than a perfect plan done next week.” – Proverb
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier