Why I don’t say “practise makes perfect”

Today I want to talk about the phrase “practise makes perfect”.

But before we begin today’s post, I want to give a shout-out to our awesome workshop students from last weekend! We had absolute fun teaching and watching how much each student was transformed by the end of the second day.

Now, back to our post!

Have you heard of the phrase “practise makes perfect”? If you haven’t, it’s what people say to encourage others to keep practising so that they get better at something.

But I don’t like that phrase. I prefer to say “practise makes progress“.

Let’s compare the meaning of “perfect” and “progress”, shall we?

perfect: having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be. 

progress: development towards an improved or more advanced condition 

If you ask me, based on the definition above, being perfect sounds almost impossible. 

So we should stop aiming to be perfect. If we’re practising to be perfect, we will never be happy. There will always be something that we need to improve on.

Instead, we should aim to have progress.

Just a little each day will go a long way. Don’t wait to be perfect to speak up at work. Let speaking up at work become part of your practise so that you progress and get better.

And don’t forget to celebrate your progress.

Look back on how much you’ve improved today compared to where you were in the past. Give yourself a pat on the back before you progress to the next thing you need to improve on.

Do you tend to aim for perfection? If you do, this may lead you to becoming disappointed in not reaching the high expectations you have on yourself.

Yes, it’s great to have high expectations, but at the same time, be kind to yourself. Celebrate how far you’ve progressed and be your own best coach to help you progress to your next goal.

That’s all from me for today. We’ll talk to you again soon.