Today I want to talk a little bit about perfection.
Being a perfectionist tends to have some negative connotations to it. When you think about a perfectionists, what comes to mind? Some wound-tight Type A personality that is never satisfied. Being a perfectionists or striving for perfection isn’t really a bad thing, but it can hold you back from doing what you need to do.
How many times have you heard someone say they don’t want to join a gym, or sign up for a 5K, or go to a yoga class, or whatever, because they’re not “in shape” or they’re not fast, or flexible, or whatever.
Listen, I totally understand that nervous feeling that comes with trying something new, especially something where there are people all around you. Fitness is scary and intimidating and you really have to go out of your comfort zone. We all have some idea in our heads of what “perfection” is to us, and it can be easy to let that image overwhelm us.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else sees as the “right” way to lose weight, or how much weight you “should” lose. If you’re new to running, it’s easy to get caught up in all the cool running gear and all the new training advice, so it’s easy to get discouraged and think “Well, I’ll never be fast enough to win a race, so why bother training for one?”
I can think of so many times in my life where I got so caught up in what I wanted the end result to be that I let it overwhelm me. I kept looking at the mountain in front of me. I knew I could reach the top, but I got go caught up in looking at all the switchbacks, thorns, and rocky trails on the way up. Because I got so caught up in what I wanted the end result to be, I let the little things discourage me from even trying.
Just because you’re not as fit as you want to be right now, just because you’re not as fast, strong, or flexible, as you want to be right now, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Don’t let the big task ahead of you overwhelm you. Even if you suck at whatever it is you’re trying to do, keep trying!