Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack in everything,

That's how the light gets in.

~Leonard Cohen

I have a public confession to make.

I’m not perfect.

I’ll never be perfect.

And all of that is okay. It’s true for each of us.

Which is fascinating, because most people are in one way or another on the endless and impossible journey to the promised land, Perfection. Guess what guys, it’s not there. It doesn’t exist. Take a break, put your feet up, and have a cool drink.

Self-development is a wonderful, essential part of our experience. As Bob Dylan wrote, “he not busy being born is busy dying.” We are creatures in constant flux - cells regenerating, hormones shifting, perception maturing. And understandably we choose evolution over regression.

But self-development isn’t a race to end-point perfection. It’s perpetual process, a process directly related to where you have been and where you’d like to go from there. How is it that we look ahead to the mirage of perfection and judge ourselves on the distance we have yet to achieve, rather than on the distance that we have already come? What about gauging ourselves on whether or not we are even moving in the right direction? Are you living a life of joy, thriving on personal connection, feeling in touch with a life purpose? If not, what can you do to change that?

Perfection is a fictional place we tend to populate with other imperfect humans – celebrity, star athlete, more successful colleague, etc. We are each on a completely unique journey of self-development. Comparisons to others are irrelevant and misleading. Today, take a look back and congratulate yourself on how far you’ve come, on having a vision for where you go next, and proceed in confidence that you are perfect in your imperfection!