As we tumble headlong towards the excitement and renewal that is 2012, I find myself questioning why humans seem to focus on making things perfect all the time.  As I was clearing out the shed this morning, desperately trying to get the new cycle covers to fit perfectly, I suddenly realised how much trouble we cause with our focus on perfection.  Because we don’t just demand perfection from ourselves, we also expect it from others.  And their perfection is rarely ours, and vice versa – result: conflict, and all the wasted energy that comes with that.

I came in from the shed, and sat at my PC, only to find this insight, shared by my great friends Gareth and Jeroen, otherwise known as Ego Invenio:

the reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone elses highlight reelSo in 2012, keep your focus on what you can do well, and brings joy to your heart, not on what others seem to do better than you.  And forget about striving for perfection.  Because perfection is simply not possible – if you were really perfect, you’d be unbearable for all those around you!

Have a great 2012!

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PS: To review how near to perfect you got in 2011, and to plan your imperfection for 2012, grab  your personal copy of my “PROUD” yearly (and daily) review templates here:

PPS: If you need some help to discover your true Focus, those activities and opportunities that you love, and will create your success, take a look at my Find Your Focus e-course – for a limited time, it’s completely free and you’ll get amazing results –  if you really focus on completing it:

Andrew Horder
Andrew Horder

Founder of the blog at, Andrew has been working with business owners for many years, helping them find and maintain their unique Focus - those activities and opportunities that they love, and will produce their success, what Andrew calls your Joyful Genius! Andrew's first book, The Busy Fool's a to Z of Loving Work is available from Amazon

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