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What Do You Think When You See 100 Percent?

When you see "100%" does it make you feel a bit uneasy? Like you must rise up to meet some preconceived expectation of you, or that which you place on yourself based on what others think?

Or do you see the same "100%" and look at it as opportunity? An ever-changing goal that you can adapt, as you see fit and make choices accordingly?

Just seeing the number itself gives me cause to squirm. If it were not 100% when I was growing up, it was failure. One wrong on a 50-question test would bring about questions, berating, and more. It represents the notion that anything less than perfection is bad.

It is bad. I am bad. I am deficient. I am unworthy.

Of course, this is not uncommon. Nor is it truth. Yet, we continue to perpetuate these same ideas and expectations with family, friends, coworkers, bosses, and many more. We give a message that perfection is the only thing that is acceptable. It has many far-reaching consequences to insist on perfection, as well.

I have had to retrain myself to realize that the number 100 can mean many other things than simply 100% perfection.

For today, it means that at the midway point of the day (nearly noon), I have earned 100 coins, which is what I set as my goal of daily coin averages. That being the case, I am exceeding those numbers by many more than 100%.

And it makes me FAR less than perfect.

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MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:20 PM

My uncle used to do that to his daughters.They would come home from school and announce that they had attained 94% in an exam. He would then ask what happened to the other 6%! He was only joking but as a child, it doesn't seem that way. My father never needed to do that, he was happy if we were in the top half of the class and a mark over 70% was "brilliant"!

CoralLevang wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:26 PM

I did not realize that I did the same thing to my daughter, when we went over her homework and she brought home her math and we would go back over it and correct each thing to know where all the mistakes were. emoticon :sad: I wish I would have learned sooner.

MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:28 PM

Correcting homework is useful. The person needs to know how to improve on mistakes. My middle son made lots of mistakes but it wasn't inability, he was just too careless and rushed.

CoralLevang wrote on October 6, 2015, 3:50 PM

And I would sit her down to make sure all test work was corrected before starting on homework. :-/
Her test work was 97% and above.

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LoudMan wrote on October 6, 2015, 4:05 PM

Perfection is a paradox, anyway Like I learned from Richard Bandler, "Anything which is truly perfect would leave room for improvement. Anything which can be improved isn't truly perfect." Can't win. Haha

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MegL wrote on October 6, 2015, 4:27 PM

Your daughter was a good student! probably took after her mother?

Feisty56 wrote on October 6, 2015, 4:49 PM

As someone else who struggles with the tendency toward perfectionism, I find this an interesting question. Although it doesn't seI em to me that something ingrained in childhood could be this difficult to fight forty years later, I recognize that it is for me. I now keep most of my goals to myself. In this way, I can be the judge of what I've done as adequate or inadequate. I'm my own harshest critic, so not much slides by.

markgraham wrote on October 6, 2015, 4:55 PM

Like you said it is in how you look at things.

paigea wrote on October 6, 2015, 5:42 PM

Oh I did that to my late niece when she brought home a test. If the question she missed was something I knew she knew the answer to I would ask her how she could have missed it! Luckily, in the 4th or 5th grade when I said something to the teacher about her studying in front of the TV and that she wouldn't rewrite something but just crossed out the mistake; He told me to lay off. lol, he told me in a nice way; and I listened.

wolfgirl569 wrote on October 6, 2015, 6:38 PM

Thankfully our parents were always happy as long as we tried. I also raised the boys the same way. But they had a friend who had to have straight As or he was grounded

DWDavisRSL wrote on October 6, 2015, 9:22 PM

100% to me simply means 100 out of 100, or the parts equal the whole. I've never really allowed the concept to be applied to myself.

Except of course that I give 100% at work each week. 10% on Monday, 25% on Tuesday, 35% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday, and 10% on Friday.

Yeah, I know it's an old joke, but I'm getting to be an old man so what other kinds of jokes do you expect me to tell.

allen0187 wrote on October 6, 2015, 9:51 PM

I'm that way since i was young. Anything less that 100 isn't good enough. Of course, I've learned to see things otherwise. I seek perfection but at the same time, I try to look beyond and accept the imperfections in life.

Rufuszen wrote on October 7, 2015, 9:24 AM

100%, that's for go getter to go and get, me I'll have another cup of tea! Well, since I retired anyway.