#294: Progress or Perfection?

The Risks of Measuring To The Ideal


So many people find themselves stuck, disillusioned, unmotivated, and prematurely giving up on their dreams.

Why is this?

Think about this before we answer that: do you measure your success against the progress you’ve made, or against the perfect ideal you have in mind for it to eventually be? Your answer could be your hurdle.

It is all about staying out of the GAP! That’s what we’re talking about in this week’s episode.

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Feature Presentation: 


  • PICTURE or VISION of a possible future
  • It does not exist outside of our minds
  • As you move toward it, it moves further away
  • The IDEAL is our perception of PERFECTION


  • These represent our actual achievements, accomplishments, and state in life
  • You embark on this journey, and you do so from a starting point … a beginning
  • Each goal you achieve along the way represents a new current reality

Here is where the breakdown happens

  • I leave my starting point with specific goals in mind
  • My sense of value and accomplishment goes flying out of the window as I see myself through the eyes of having fallen short of perfection … again.

This thrusts us into a deeply negative attitude and mindset: 

  • Failure
  • Frustration
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Guilt/Shame
  • Depression
  • Disappointment


“Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • What if you measured yourself against PROGRESS instead?
  • What if, instead of comparing where you are with where you ultimately WANT to be, you compare where you are against where you have COME FROM?
  • Doing this keeps you in a POSITIVE mental and spiritual attitude and state
    • Success
    • Satisfaction
    • Confidence
    • High Self-esteem
    • Optimism
    • Enjoyment and Fulfillment
    • Motivation and Energy
    • Abundance and Joy

How Do We Do This?

  • You become intentional about having a positive focus
  • Every day, you celebrate the WINS and the PROGRESS you have made
  • You choose to focus on what you DID get done

Retrain your brain, and get out of the GAP, once and for all.

Influencer’s Challenge:

  • What is the “Ideal” you have been fixated on?
  • What was or is your starting point?
  • Have you made progress?
  • Start a 30-day positive focus journey.

Here is my influencers challenge for you …

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. – Philippians 4:8

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Continue this conversation on Facebook! What’s your measurement strategy going forward?


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Until next time, remember … You were made in His image, designed for a purpose, and are destined for greatness. The world is waiting for the REAL YOU to show up.  God Bless!