by Ilio Masprone – Publisher – Knight of the Principality of Monaco for cultural merits

MONACO. Perfection seems like the kind of goal that only the most dedicated, hardcore, virtuous person would pursue. But it’s not. When we aim for perfection, we’ve given ourselves a goal that we are guaranteed never to reach. Perfectionism can rob you of your peace of mind, enjoyment of life, and self-esteem. Though it’s a process that may take a little time and practice, shedding the burden of perfectionism can greatly decrease the level of stress you feel on a daily basis. If you have perfectionistic tendencies, it’s vital to find strategies to get past them and move toward being a non-perfectionistic high achiever. You can achieve other great things while trying to do your first, even if you don’t achieve our original goal …like the meme says: Shoot for the moon — even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Actually, we should always challenge ourselves. But instead of chasing a goal that we literally cannot attain, we should try for these goals instead,

Improve – Improvement is boring, compared to achievement. The idea here is to focus on consistent improvements in your life, every day, not matter how small the step you take to be a better you than you were yesterday. Each of the stones that built the mountain matters. Becoming 1% better every day is a simple, practical way to achieve big goals. 1% seems like a small amount. It’s applicable in most things you want to do or accomplish. It feels less intimidating and is more manageable. It might feel less exciting than chasing a huge win, but its results will be stronger and more sustainable. As Benjamin Franklin said: “Little strokes fell great oaks.”

 Stay realistic – Everybody experience good time and bad time. A realistic mindset allows you to accept this, enabling you to see that everyday is a new opportunity. If things have not gone your way today, they will see a new opportunity tomorrow to start afresh and go back on track. Develop a realistic mindset and you will know the benefits of maintaing self-discipline and staying focused on the bigger picture.

Appreciate what you have – Taking time to contemplate what you’re grateful for isn’t merely the “right” thing to do. It also improves your mood, because it reduces the stress hormone cortisol by 23%. Research conducted found that people who worked daily to cultivate an attitude of gratitude experienced improved mood, energy, and physical well-being.

Handle criticism to have peace – Constructive criticism can give you important clues on how to improve your performance, making your less-than-perfect performances into useful stepping stones that lead to excellence. If the criticism you’re receiving is pointed or harsh, it’s okay to remind others (and yourself) that mistakes are a great way to learn. It’s good to remember that there will always be ways to improve. If you can’t have peace where you are now, then you won’t have it later. No matter what you want to improve, you won’t like your life much if peace is missing.

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