Did you know the highest field goal percentage for a single NBA season was set by Wilt Chamberlain at 72%? That means, in a single season, this NBA All-Star made 7 out of every 10 shots he attempted.
That’s an amazing percentage, but it isn't perfect. Perfect would’ve been 10 for 10. Now anybody who knows, even a little bit about basketball knows that shooting 100% is not just improbable, it’s downright impossible. No one is ever 100%. It’s not even realistic. So why do we insist on perfection when it comes to goal setting or habit formation?
Maybe you don’t, but when I was younger, I always did. I was plagued by perfection. If I determined to set a goal, say, “reading for 45 minutes per day every day” and blew it on the second week, I would—without hesitation—add a tick to the "L" column and give up the whole endeavor. I saw one negative mark as a sign of weakness instead of recognizing it as merely a sign of my humanity.
When people say “strive for progress, not perfection,” they’re right. What I’m learning is that nobody has a perfect record and, truthfully, a perfect record isn’t what matters. A 70% success rate at anything is pretty darn good. Just ask Hall of Famer, Wilt Chamberlain.