Mar 19, 2013 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

If I asked you if it were possible for you to get into the best shape of your life, we could agree that it is. If I asked you were it possible for you to become smarter than you’ve ever been, I think we could agree that you could work hard, study, learn, and practice more than you ever had. But strangely, the idea of becoming the “perfect version” of ourselves seems so unobtainable. It seems impossible.

There is an opportunity for you to become great – just as great as you wish to be. In starting out in life you may set your hearts upon things very difficult to attain to, but possibly within your reach. In your first efforts to gratify your desires you may fail, and your continued efforts may not prove what may be termed a success. But, the experience you obtain while pursuing your hearts’ desires must necessarily be profitable to you, and even your mistakes, if mistakes you make, will be turned to your advantage.

How do we become perfect? Is it possible? There may be some things you are already perfect at. Becoming your best self takes a lot of patience and diligence. It is a daily task we must be ready to take on. I have found several things I like to do that help me become the best version of myself:

– Patience with myself as well as others.

– Prayer

-Try something new.

-Take advice.

– Enjoy eating healthy.

– Help a stranger.

– Forgive someone from my past.

– Love one another

– Provide service to someone in need, a neighbor or friend.

– Don’t judge someone or their circumstance.

– Read books and get knowledge

– Be a good friend, one that listens.

Yes, we will all make mistakes as we strive to be the best spouse, parent, friend, and sibling. There may be times when, tired and discouraged, we will lose our temper and yell. There will be times where we feel like giving up. We feel like no matter how hard we try, someone is always going to be better than us. That’s just it, no matter how hard you try, someone will always be better than you at some things. There will be times someones house will always be cleaner, their dinners will always be better, they will make more money, have better behaved children, less health problems and they may seem to have it all together. Perhaps that same person is thinking the same exact thing about you?

And we will have moments (many, many moments) when we are perfect. That cake recipe you’ve been struggling with for years? Finally came out perfectly… That complicated piano piece you’ve been practicing? You didn’t miss a single note this time… That phone call you made to a friend, just because you were thinking of her? It was exactly what she needed at a particularly low point in her life. – We may not see or recognize all of our perfect moments, and we may stumble and fall more than once in between those moments. But that’s okay.

“Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today. The temptations that perhaps partially overcome us today, let them not overcome us so far tomorrow. Thus continue to be a little better day by day; and do not let your life wear away without accomplishing good to others as well as to ourselves.”- Lorenzo Snow

Each last day or each last week should be the best that we have ever experienced, that is, we should advance ourselves a little every day, in knowledge and wisdom, and in the ability to accomplish good.