Why You Can Pursue Excellence and Skip Perfection

Excellence is simply doing what you can, with what you have, where you are, as you are.

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Whenever someone starts talking about how it’s okay not to be perfect, I can watch the women in the room begin to squirm (myself included).

Yes, we desperately want more grace and freedom in our lives. But we also have this fear that if we let ourselves off the hook, everything will just go to pieces. We won’t do a good job anymore. Our parenting will be halfhearted. Our work will be shabby. Our house will get a visit from the health inspector. So let’s get this clear right up front: not being perfect doesn’t mean you don’t work hard and try to do well.

We’re clearly told, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Col. 3:23). We’re not to slack off, become lazy, or do less than what we can because of grace. Instead, God’s love and kindness become motivation for our hard work.

But we’re also not told, “Whatever you do, do it perfectly.” Working “with all your heart” simply means being intentional about what we do and doing it out of love. Pursuing excellence leads to joy and satisfaction. Pursuing perfection leads to burnout and frustration.

Excellence is simply doing what you can, with what you have, where you are, as you are.

Let’s take a deep breath, whisper a prayer, release our grip on perfection, embrace grace and live with love–which the Apostle called “the most excellent way.” That really is enough for one day…and one wild, beautiful lifetime.


Holley Gerth


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Seeing your pictures of You’re Loved No Matter What is so encouraging! Photo taken by Lander.

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The prompt for today was: Where does perfectionism sneak in and how can you replace it with gratitude?

Next Wednesday’s prompt is: What does ‘excellence’ mean or look like to you?

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About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


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