Perfection is for Suckers
Now that we are a week into 2015, how are you doing with your running resolutions?
Are you still going strong? Are you barely hanging on? Have you already thrown in the towel?
While I am admittedly a fan of setting running resolutions/goals at the start of a new year, it is frustrating to me to see how many people shoot for the moon but then give up in just a few short weeks (if they even make it that long).
So, if I can ask again, how are you doing with your resolutions?
Perfection is Impossible
Why do we struggle so much with keeping our resolutions? Do we bite off more than we can chew? Do we lack the fortitude to do what it takes to keep grinding away when the going gets tough? Do we tend to set token resolutions, the kind we have no intention of ever keeping anyway, so we don’t feel bad when we inevitably give up?
I don’t think so.
You know why I think we tend to give up on our resolutions? Because when we set a resolution, we demand perfection from ourselves. And once we fail once or twice, we simply say the hell with even trying and resign ourselves to starting over again next year.
News flash yall. Perfection is impossible. Whatever your resolution might be, there is no way that the road to achievement will be perfectly smooth. While you may feel like everything must go perfectly with your resolution in 2015 in order for it to be considered successful, in the real world that will never happen.
And if that’s your expectation, you seriously should give up right now.
Perfection is Elusive, but It’s Still a Good Goal
There is nothing wrong with shooting for perfection when it come to your 2015 resolutions.
I’ve set some lofty goals for this year, and I’m going to do everything that I can to achieve them. But I’m also fully aware that I could miss a day of posting, maybe take longer to read a book than I thought, or end up with an injury that prevents me from hitting my mileage goals.
And if any of those things happen, I will not consider myself a failure for coming up short on one of my goals.
I have a goal of creating 365 posts this year. If I end up with only 360, that’s still pretty damn good and I’d still consider that a very successful year. Sure, I’d prefer to be a perfect 365 for 365, but if I happen to miss a day, why would I give up? Why not just keep going?
The Only Way You Can Truly Fail is to Quit
So now that we are 7 days into 2015, how are you doing with your resolutions? If you’re still riding high, keep building the momentum and moving forward. But if you’re struggling, don’t give up. Just accept the fact that you ultimately won’t be perfect, but there is no reason you can’t continually strive for perfection.
If you keep striving for perfection and refuse to quit the times you fall short, there is no way you’ll be anything but successful 358 days from today.
Perfection is impossible, but damn good is well within your reach.
So keep pushing forward, and don’t ever give up.
It’s 4:14 a.m. and I am up to run before work- I have been running (some years more, (much, much more) some years less…since 1971. It’s my coffee, my church, my therapy, my way to start the day. And sometimes it’s pretty perfect. I’m not striving for perfection-I am not striving for greatness even. I am just striving to live another day. So yeah, I will say 2015 is going pretty good so far! (I mix my running up with swimming, cycling, weights/yoga- I’m kinda ADD that way.)
Thanks for taking the time to leave a note Cheryl, and while I haven’t been running as long I agree that running is a lot more to me than just the act of running (though it’s not my coffee. Coffee is my coffee! :)).
Glad your year is off to a pretty good start, and keep striving to keep living another day!