No one is perfect. Having the mindset that you have to do everything right and your life has to go perfectly, is a hard habit to kick. There are just some things in life you can’t control. You can’t control the weather, you can’t control other people’s thoughts or actions, and you can’t control time. The only thing in life that you can control, is yourself. Now, with that being said, when something in life doesn’t go as you had planned, such as a mistake at work, or a simple miscommunication with a friend, you probably reacted like any other person would. You instantly blame yourself that you made a mistake, and you dwell on it. Not saying every person does this, but it’s a common reaction that some people might do.
Remind yourself that no one is perfect. Accept that you are imperfectly perfect. Accept what had happened, and come up with a solution so next time something like this happens, you will know how to fix it. Open up to the risk of exposure. Others will know you made a mistake. It’s only a matter of time before others are aware of your imperfections. And that’s okay!
As I previously stated, you cannot control what co-workers, friends, or complete strangers think of you. You made a mistake. Everyone makes them, not just you. Learning from your mistakes is the quickest way to help yourself realize no one is perfect, and you have imperfections. Become the leader of your own life, and don’t let the fear of making a mistake keep you from becoming the person you want to be. Leadership and influence are never perfected, only practiced. If you hold yourself separate from the ones who have to “get it right” and have all the answers, you weaken your influence as a leader.
Allow your imperfections to change you for the better. If you look in the mirror today, what will you see? Will you see someone who lacks potential? No. You have the potential to do anything you set your mind to. Creating goals for yourself is easy, but difficult at times to accomplish. That does not mean you give up. Some days you may not give 100% as you would want to, because you’re human. As long as you keep moving and do not give up on your goals in spite of your imperfections, then you will notice a positive change in yourself. Start believing you can do anything you set your mind to. Let your imperfections be an inspiration to others. It’s easy to stray from your goals when others bring you down and point out your imperfections. Having people tell you you're never going to accomplish your goals, should be a motivator, yet it’s easier said than done. Don’t only prove to those individuals projecting negativity, but prove it to yourself.
As Steve Jobs said, “Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown your own inner voice”(2005). You are the creator of your own destiny, so flaunt your imperfections and show others that you aren’t afraid to fail, but you’re determined to succeed. Remember that the journey is lifelong. Nothing can be perfected in a day. It takes time and patience to develop greatness. Learn that as long as you push yourself and strive for excellence You will develop true power and strength. Prove to yourself that you don’t have to be perfect. Continue to know your worth and virtue, while pushing aside the negative voices of others trying to bring you down and strut your imperfections. This is a lifelong journey, so don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Push yourself to the limit and strive for excellence.