by Dana Cavalea April 13, 2021

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Hi Team...

I wanted to talk about a word with you today.

The word is: Perfection

Below is the definition of the word...


: the quality or state of being perfect: such as
afreedom from fault or defect 
b: the quality or state of being saintly
2a: an exemplification of supreme excellence
b: an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence
Now- when you look at what the word, perfection actually means, do you see how difficult, or impossible it is to achieve?
Yet-most high performers are still chasing perfection- an impossible achievement.
And, they are killing themselves to do the impossible.
A few years ago I was listening to a talk my buddy Kevin Plank, the CEO and Founder of Under Armour was giving..
I never forgot what he said...
Perfection is the enemy of innovation. Just start.
Now, that is great advice.
Think about it- if you wait for perfection to appear, you will never take action.
If you are waiting to be a certain way before doing something, or, waiting for the starts to align for you- they won't.
The key to building anything, a building, a life, a career, a business, you name it is simply taking one simple action after the next.
Yesterday, I was reading a book that had another great thought I would like to share with you...
"The traditional school and learning system most of us are exposed to in our youth teaches us not to fail. We are given a grade and taught not to fail. This is the greatest difference between entrepreneurs and everybody else- they learn through failure. They must fail in order to grow."
Powerful- right?
Well, the least we can do for ourselves is renegotiate our relationship with failure and perfectionism.
If you are afraid to fail and you are working to be perfect at all that you do- you are doomed.
Doomed because you are again chasing the impossible and are treading so cautiously to not make a mistake that you end up going nowhere and doing what you know- which is usually the same, low risk activities that you are comfortable doing that got you to where you are.
Today, I want you to think differently.
Think about freeing yourself from your relationship with perfectionism by redefining it for yourself.
I mentioned last week that I sat down and spoke with the real life RUDY- he told me his goal was to just get to Notre Dame- knowing that hard work and a relentless spirit would help him go one step further each day.
That is how it is done.
Don't overthink things... just take simple action each day.
One today.
One tomorrow.
One the next day and so on.
Watch what happens.
Forget perfection- just embrace daily progress.
Let's go!
Your Coach,
Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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