Mid-Week Motivation 08/23/2023

Progress, Not Perfection

“Chasing perfection often kills progress”. – Craig Groeschel

What does that mean?

Perfection is an ugly monster that likes to show its colors whenever we set goals for ourselves. Perfection says that we have to get everything 100% right, 100% of the time; however, that is just not realistic. 

Life happens, accidents happen, ailments happen, financial burdens happen, and more. All of these things may cause us to lose our “perfect” track record when pursuing our goals and dreams. 

Perfect says that if you mess up once, you might as well throw in the towel and quit. If you can’t be perfect, there’s no point in trying. 

Perfect is a liar. 

Don’t buy into the lie that you have to be perfect in order to be successful. 

Perfection tells you that you aren’t allowed to screw up, but progress tells you that you can try to do better tomorrow. 


Progress means doing better and intentionally moving yourself in the direction of your goals, regardless of how many times you have messed up. 

If you set a goal to go the gym 5 days a week, perfection won’t let you miss a day without giving up entirely; progress says you can keep going even after missing a day or two. 

If you set a goal to stop drinking, perfection says you have to quit cold turkey and never touch it again; progress is drinking less alcohol today than you did yesterday. 

If you set a goal to make it to church more often, perfection says you have to go every week and if you miss one Sunday you might as well not go next Sunday; progress says going twice in a month is better than once last month. 

Stop getting so caught up in trying to be perfect that you kill your chances of achieving your goals. 

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