Do not try to be perfect. You will fail every time. I read about a baseball coach, Ken Ravizza, that would talk to his players about trying to be perfect in a game or practice. He said that before they come to practice, they had to take a “bathtub test”. This test involved filling their bathtub with about two inches of water, and then stepping in and trying to stand on the water. If they couldn’t stand on the water in the bathtub, then they needed to come to practice and expect to make mistakes. If you can’t walk on water, you will never be perfect.
He used this imagery to remind his players that they weren’t perfect, and that the mistakes they made were going to lead to improvement. Mistakes and failure precede growth. Continuous pursuit of the process of getting better is always more important than trying to look or be perfect.
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