"Better" exists. I can always do better. I can always be better.
I can eat better, sleep better, live better.
I can't eat perfect. There is no such thing!
I can't sleep perfect. It doesn't exist!
I can't live perfectly, and neither can you!
So, why are you waiting for perfection?!
Why are you comparing yourself to a perfect ideal?!
I meet so many people that are paralyzed by the prospect of perfect that they refuse to act, myself included.
Looking for the perfect workout? Stop looking and start working out—though I highly recommend Bikram yoga, if you haven't tried it.
Looking for the perfect diet? Any incremental improvement is going to change your life—Here is your new diet plan: (1) Give up something unhealthy, (2) add something healthy, (3) feel better, (4) repeat ad infinitum. Is that a perfect diet plan? No, but it is better than what you're eating now.
I can't tell you where this came from, but I've heard it said many times, and it is hard to argue with: "You have to be bad before you're good, good before you're great. great before you're outstanding." And, nowhere in there does it say anything about perfect.
I'm not a good blogger. ...yet!
If I had to wait to write the perfect blog post before I started blogging, this blog wouldn't exist. I have to wrestle with that every time I post and put myself out there, because there is still a part of me that wants to be a perfectionist.
I'm good at Bikram yoga. I'm not great, or outstanding, but I'm working towards it with every posture I fall out of, every pose I hold a half second longer, every hair's breadth deeper I get, I am getting better!
My growth stems from taking that part of me that wants to be perfect, and transforming it into a force that drives me to be better, but allows me to be bad at something.
Babies are bad walkers. They are completely awful at walking. True story.
I can't imagine that there is a baby that has ever been born that has waited to take the perfect step before trying to walk. They fail so hard, and spectacularly so.
Grant me the courage to fail like a baby learning to walk!
If you were waiting for the perfect time to start something, to achieve something, to do something... I'll tell you right now, the time will never be perfect. Start now. Do it now.
Strive for better.