When “Perfect” isn’t Perfect


Guest Blog by No More Boring Meetings’ Speaker-Partner Allison Clarke.

Are you willing to engage in an experiment with me? It might seem silly, yet I promise there’s a purpose.

I’ve been noticing lately how everyone uses the word PERFECT. For instance, when I ordered a drink at Starbucks, the cashier replied, “perfect.” After confirming my reservation at a hotel, the front desk said, “perfect.” When my friend and I set a meeting date for coffee, she celebrated with a “perfect!”

Why is this such a hot and overused word? I bet that if you counted how many times you heard it, it could be well over 25 times per day.

Now, there’s certainly nothing harmful or wrong with this word. I’m simply questioning if it’s the most appropriate choice. When I looked up the definition of perfect, it said: having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be.

Hmm, are we really as good as we can possibly be? Does any situation have ALL the desirable elements? Are we projecting a sense of perfection onto each other?

I’m a big fan of being positive, as you know, but the word PERFECT has got me thinking about the habitual words we choose. In this case, I question if we really mean it?

This Week’s Challenge:

Be aware of the word PERFECT in your conversations. If you have any insights on why we all seem to use it so much, please let me know!

Cheers to becoming more intentional with the words we use!

Editor’s note: Soon after reading Allison’s “Perfect Post,” I came across this Huffington Post piece by author Elizabeth Gilbert. It may shed light an origin of this “perfect” communication trend.

How can we each take some pressure off ourselves–and each other? How can we stop aiming for “perfect” and go for some “wrong” turns once in a while?

We may well find it’s an “even more perfect” way to live.

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 08: Author Elizabeth Gilbert speaks on stage during 'Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend' at KeyArena on November 8, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

Copyright 2015 Allison Clarke.