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Perfection or excellence.

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Some of us, we try to reach perfection in our personal as our professional life. Each day, we are trying to make efforts, improvements to reach the perfection. But is perfection reachable, or should not we first define what is perfection?

Perfection is a statement where everything is perfect, up-to-date, where there are no defaults or weaknesses. Is such statement possible? Marc Buelens, Doctor in Industrial Psychology (Ghent University in Belgium) and professor at the Vlerick management school in Belgium said in an article in the Trends Magazine, that you cannot be perfect in each domain of your life at the same time. You cannot be a perfect father if you dedicated most of your time to your professional career. Does it mean that perfection is utopia?

Perfection has not to be seen as a reachable goal on itself, but as a trend we are following to do things. But is it always possible to do things on a perfect way? If it should be, we have to make choices. By wanting to do things on a perfect way, we have to dedicate the necessary time to do them perfectly. It is obvious that we cannot do everything at the same time. We need to set up priorities, which is a constant in our life. Everyday, we need to make choices, implying to take decisions.

But this is of course the ideal and theoretical situation. Everybody knows that things never happen as we wish. If, for instance, you have a job with high level of responsibilities, you are often facing the challenge to deal with different projects, tasks, and to deal with unexpected things. You can of course use the time management techniques to face these priorities and meet the deadlines, by setting priorities, by delegating. But if the available time is limited, will it be possible to reach a quality level closed to perfection?

The question remains how to define perfection. Does the perfection exist? Probably not, but by trying to improve what we are doing, our work, the education of our children, professional and personal achievements, we are trying to reach the excellence. Excellence could be seen as a process, a process of improvement, a process increasing the quality as good as we can. The fact that we have to deal with a range of priorities, will make that everything will not be perfect, as mention Marc Buelens, but if we have a look on what does not work properly and if we take the lesson of failure and weaknesses to improve the way to do things, then we are in a process of excellence. To learn from our mistakes, our failures, is an opportunity to anticipate, to find more appropriate solutions to reach our target on a better way.

Perfection is probably only not a goal, but a trend we can reach by excellence.


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Written by Eric Saint-Guillain

March 17, 2011 at 21:24

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  1. I believe excellence should be the goal…perfection does not exist.

    Valerie Lagauskas

    March 30, 2011 at 20:25

    • Valerie, thanks for your comment. Indeed, excellence can be seen as a goal, and I would say an ongoing goal we try to reach in each of our projects.

      Eric Saint-Guillain

      March 30, 2011 at 20:47

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