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  • Writer's pictureJenni Schierman


If you want to push my buttons in a coaching call talk to me about your pursuit of perfection. Do you want to know why? Because there is no such thing.

Perfection is a myth. It is the unattainable, sometimes soul crushing, often disappointing mean voice in your head that constantly tells you that you are not good enough.

Perfection is something we learn to chase when we fail to recognize that there is another path that will push us to realize our potential but will not rob us of our joy along the way.

I would argue that excellence is this preferred path, and that it is different from perfection.

Excellence is borne from consistency.


Think about the last time that you competed. For some of you it was within the last few weeks. Others it has been longer. Most likely you spent some time training. Preparing yourself both physically and mentally for the race that was to come.

Depending on your level of competition you may have an extensive routine that you follow. This may include the night before, the morning of, and perhaps even further in advance. All of this preparation and routine requires that you be consistent in order for your brain to best be prepared, and your body as a result.

Your performance on the track is a result of this preparation but is also impacted by many outside variables. Weather, competitors, mechanical performance/failure, just to name a few. Having a “perfection” mindset sets you up for a number of mental hurdles. Things like pressure, no room for mistakes, unrealistic expectations, burnout.

In no way am I suggesting that as elite athletes, you should not do your best, and want to achieve everything that is possible. What I am suggesting though is that the expectation you set for yourself, and the mindset around it can either be your biggest asset or it can work against you.

Sometimes we unintentionally make the journey more difficult for ourselves than it needs to be. This is what I am suggesting when I propose consistency and excellence versus perfection.

The pursuit of perfection often comes from a place of insecurity, of fear.

Excellence however requires that you trust in your abilities and talent and simply work consistently to become better each day, each time you compete.

Perfection can be easier in its pursuit because when you fail, you had an impossible goal anyway. Unfortunately, you consistently set yourself up for this failure which continues to undermine your self-confidence. This can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

As a self-admitted recovering perfectionist, I am happy to help if you want to talk through anything I have discussed above. There are many ways to achieve success.

I offer a complimentary call to all prospective clients. Click here to book yours today and we can discuss your unique situation.

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