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 impressive percentage, but it’s not like it's perfect. 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 I did.
When I was younger, I was plagued by perfection. If I determined to set a goal, like reading for 45 minutes a day every day and blew it a day or two in a given week, I could easily give up the whole endeavor and label myself a failure. I saw one negative mark on my record as a sign of weakness instead of recognizing it as a sign of humanity.
I’m learning that nobody has a perfect record, and truthfully, a perfect record isn’t really what matters. When people say “strive for progress, not perfection,” they’re right.
A 70% success rate at anything is actually good. Just ask Hall of Famer, Wilt Chamberlain.
The greatest players in all of sports never ended their careers in perfection. We shouldn’t assume a 100% success rate either. The most important thing is to keep striving. So, if you struggle with perfection, the best news I can give you is this — 70 is the new 100.