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The Quest for Perfection

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence."

- Vince Lombardi

Being in the health and fitness industry I am around fitness people all day, every day and what I have noticed is this.  We all seem to share "the quest for perfection".  This is a double edged sword for most of us.  The positives of this quest is the drive to be better, to push our bodies and minds to new limits, set new challenges and overcome what many would believe to be impossible.  Lets face it most people would not even embark on these challenges. But there are draw backs for many of the fitness minded, especially those that actively compete in physique competitions of any form. Imagine what it can do to you mentally when you are told, you are not full enough… your neck is too long, your delts need to be more capped or whatever it is because you did not place high enough in your show. The rigors of competition in bodybuilding, physique, figure, bikini, etc..  can wear your mind and body down and I have even seen it make some people hit depression. 

Here is the deal.  No one is perfect.  No one will ever be perfect.   We all have our flaws and when it comes to our bodies no one is perfect and everyones idea of perfection is different.  I'm sure a lot of people look up to athlete's in our industry and say to themselves, "wow they are perfect".  I bet 9 times out of 10 if they were to ask that person if they thought they were perfect they could go on a tangent of what was wrong with themselves before they could answer and even appreciate what is right with them. It's like a disorder of sorts, never being happy with how you look, but it is also what keeps us grinding to make improvements and never staying complacent.  Its that drive to get better to be "perfect" that gets you out of bed when you're too tired to do cardio at 5am. That "quest for perfection" that makes you eat a plain rice cake that tastes like cardboard. What is awesome about this desire is you will probably never be satisfied and will always want to improve and hopefully for most of you that goes for improving mentally as well.  

So what happens when thing go wrong in our "quest for perfection"?  It can be draining on a relationship if one spouse has a insecurity and in their quest for perfection it is holding them back from being completely open to that special person.  As I mentioned earlier, it causes some people to be overcome with depression - I have personally seen this with clients who haven't reached their ideal physique in a allotted time frame. I think this quest can become an obsession which will take from other aspects of ife such as social life, work, friends, and family.  It's a tough balance and some of us who have been doing this for years are still learning the balance of life and and the "quest for perfection". 

I guess what it really comes down to is this.  No one is perfect.  We all have insecurities and there is nothing wrong with that.  But it's your job to take those insecurities and embrace them and not to let them control your life.  I bet Cindy Crawford hated her mole on her face, which was her trademark and guys sure did not mind it.  Learn how to harness that quest for perfection only improve all aspects of your life.  Enjoy the process of growing, evolving and learning more about who you are and being happy with all that you have accomplished instead of what you haven't.