Our Imperfections Keep us Alive

Our imperfections are as a result of being unique and this uniqueness is the footprint we leave – our legacy.


Working as a health coach was by far one of most the most meaningful growth experiences in my life.  It gave me the opportunity to drive changes in my athletes that would have a positive impact on their lives.  For each one of them, the path would be different depending on the WHAT, the HOW and the WHY.  WHAT they wanted to accomplish, HOW they would do it and WHY they wanted to do it.  In order to move forward with the plan, the WHY has to be completely understood and to achieve this your senses have to be open for patterns and traits that are the reflection of the person.  These patterns and traits are often referred to as imperfections.  We look at these imperfections as things that are difficult to move away from but are apart of us but need to be changed.  No wonder we perceive this path as a struggle.

Perception of our Image

 We, as a common human practice, will tend to focus on what is missing in our life and not on what we have achieved.  We will never understand our essence with this approach. It is like just reading part of a book and trying to figure out the rest of the story.  You will most likely not get it right.  If we focus only on imperfections, we will tend to perceive them as problems rather than opportunities for improvement.  The task of finding positive features about ourselves will be hard at first, mainly because we are not used to doing it.  The best, at first, is to keep it simple.  List only 3 positive aspects about you instead of going for a long list that when we are not able to complete, will give us that “failure” feeling.

Beautifully Imperfect

 What is being perfect?  That has to be the most subjective term used by humanity.  My definition of perfection will be different from others.  In fact, my definition of perfect at 46 is far more different from the one I had at 25.  Struggling to aim for perfection is like aiming to shoot a fast moving target in dense fog.  It will be impossible to hit and the process will bring us a great deal of frustration.  We are beautifully imperfect the minute we start to accept ourselves.  Striving for improvement and enjoying the ride is the essence of a humble path.  Nobody can hide away from imperfections.  We are imperfect as a result of being unique and this uniqueness is the footprint we leave in this world often referred as legacy.  Embrace it and respect it.  Cheers!


Author: Ricardo Mock

Africa 24/7 Marine Manager at Maersk Line, Cape Town. Psychologist, Certified Crossfit Trainer, Health Coach and Motivator. Experience working in Project Management (Operations, Human Resources and Sales), innovation driving change. Specialties: Project Management, Sales, General Operations, Lean Six Sigma (LSS GB Certified), ERP´s implementation and Change Management. MBTI Profile: ENFP-T

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