* Make friends
with your imperfections and those of others. Sure, it's
important to strive to do well in what you attempt, but if your
best efforts don't result in what you wanted to achieve, don't be
too hard on yourself. It is more important to strive to
improve than to insist on perfection.
* Strive to
find pleasure in what you do, not perfection.
* Believe in
the old saying "Anything worth doing is worth doing
badly." If you enjoy playing the piano but play it
poorly, keep playing for the sheer pleasure it gives you. It
isn't important how well you play. It is more important that
you get pleasure out of doing it.
* Never let
your urge to do something well become a compulsion to do it
perfectly. Just commit yourself to the joy of doing and enjoy the
thrill of improving at it.
* Live by the
law of reasonable expectations rather than by the law of
perfection. Not only is perfection stressful, it's also
boring. Imperfection evokes humour and laughter while
perfection evokes stress, frustration and anger. One
promotes health and well being; the other, anxiety and dis-ease.
* Learn to
laugh at yourself and your imperfections. If you don't, you
leave the job to someone else.
beings, by nature, are imperfect, so relax and enjoy the fact.
Mike Moore is
an international speaker and writer on human achievement and humor
therapy. You can access his site at http://www.motivationalplus.com