Many of us have heard the saying "Practice Makes Perfect" but I'd like to say that "Practice Produces Proficiency." As human beings, we are imperfect so striving for perfection can lead to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. It is important that we aim to strive for proficiency, "a high degree of competence or skill" instead of perfection, "having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics," because we will never have all of the required or desired qualities but we can possess competence.
Now, I know someone reading this may say, but what is the difference? Well, that is a great question you ask! Practicing with the mindset of, "I practice because I want to sharpen my skill and be my best self" is different than "I practice so I can be flawless." Aiming for proficiency does not mean that you will never be THEE BEST or #1, it means that you do not have to drive yourself insane in the process.
Today, I encourage you to work hard, do your absolute best, and strive for proficiency, because trust me, it'll take the pressure off and ultimately lower your cortisol levels!