Progress, not Perfection

Posted on July 30, 2013 by

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Progress Not PerfectionIn our ongoing series of articles designed to help artists in their practice, we offer this piece. Today’s focus in on the challenge students face in their practice with the endless nagging of the mind-haunting questions like this big one:

Will I ever be good enough?

In the end, no one else can tell you what good enough means to you since it is a very personal thing. Worse than that, its likely, as we pointed out in our Mountain Metaphor article, our understanding of good is ever evolving.

Here’s a thought we advise our students consider throughout their practice:

Progress, not Perfection. Cause perfection is an ever moving unattainable goal.

I believe as an artist, you have to explore what ‘good enough’ means and if you’re not encountering this fear at least once in your career as an artist, you’re not truly pushing yourself. No matter how perfect you are in *this* moment, your definition of perfection changes and as such, you then realize, again and again in deeper and subtler ways, that you are not at that goal that moved out of your grasp as you gained new understanding and redefined ‘perfection’…

I also like to use this empowerment haiku to help:

I am evolving.
I am perfect… even now…
I allow my change

Written by Temple of Poi founder and visionary, GlitterGirl, who has been a full time flow arts coach and instructor since 2002. If you are looking for an amazing coaching to help you step up your skills as an instructor, student, performer or otherwise using personalized coaching with GlitterGirl, email her directly (GlitterGirl <at> TempleOfPoi <daught> com). 

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