Perfection Does Not Mean A Clean Slate
Contrary to belief that many of us have grown up with is the thoughts that perfection does not exist in our lives. The measurement of perfection (while in essence of its actual definition) simply means no wrong doing, no sign of loss, and/or no blemishes to your slate in life (metaphorically speaking). While I grew up with a competitive mindset since being a kid, what I considered perfection was (and still is) putting my best forward at all times.
I can be very competitive at times when it is appropriate. When playing video games with family and friends, perfection to me was to execute my gameplay the way that I want to and beating my opponent. In my high school marching band years, perfection meant playing the field show or parade in its entirety and not missing one beat, note, or part (especially my solos... gosh do I miss those days).
Perfection does not have to be perceived as mistake free. Mistakes are unavoidable no matter who you are or how cautious you may be in any situation. Perfection in regards to life is simply being the perfect you despite your imperfections. There is a mantra that I live by in my life, especially when I strive for perfection in my own ways and feel like I failed.
Floyd Mayweather (famous and amazing American boxer now retired for those that don't know) has a perfect record of 49-0. In all technicality, his record of never losing a boxing match is perfect, however, his fights overall have not been perfect. He has never been successful in 100% of the jabs, uppercuts, and knockouts during his fights. He does not have a flawless record of avoiding punches from his opponents.
Michael Jordan (considerably the best player ever in the NBA) has a perfect record when it comes to NBA Finals appearances and championship wins. Every time Jordan (and the Chicago Bulls during his time) went to the NBA Finals they have won the NBA title. In that sense he is perfect, but he was not perfect overall. During the regular season he and the Chicago Bulls lost games. They never accomplished a perfect 82-0 record at all.
Perfection is more about execution of your overall goal more than every minute detail/moment. You can be perfect with always standing by your morals and values in life, yet have mistakes along the journey. You can be perfect by loving yourself despite thinking that you are having a bad day (per se).
At the end of the day, you can choose to take perfection in its literal sense and never reach that meaning the moment you make a mistake. Or you can choose perfection in the sense of simply being yourself on a daily basis and never giving up. No matter how you perceive perfection, it is undeniable that it does push people to be greater in whatever they are doing. It is obvious to see the difference between people doing anything just for the fun of it, and doing something with the mindset of "I have to be perfect, which means I need to be on my A game at all times."