I have been called over the years a “perfectionist.” Although I might not fall too far from that description, what I really am, is someone who strives for excellence. This is due to the example of my pastor, of thirty some odd years. Her whole being revolved around excellence. I wanted to be like her. Though I know I fail; though I know I fall; I still work toward high quality and as close to perfect as I possibly can.
Yet, this type of mindset takes patience. Perfection is a series of progressions. Most of us stop with mediocre. I hate that. I do not want to be forgotten so easily. I also do not want my work to be put on a shelf to collect dust. I want to make a positive impact. The only way to do that, is to bring something of value to the table. I know I drive people crazy who have witnessed my bizarre need for the best. I am constantly updating things, and changing things. But once I feel something is finally at the excellent mark, I don’t have to change it again or add to it.
I once knew an author who did everything she could to make her appearance look truly amazing. People flocked to her and she sold a lot of books. So, one day I picked her book up and decided to read it. Surely, it had to be a great story that was well written. Let me tell you, I couldn’t even get passed the first chapter. I barely made it through the first paragraph. I was extremely disappointed. The format was incredibly bad and the story was so choppy, I couldn’t understand what was happening. I was shocked at her level of promotion, of such a poorly written book. I do not want my readers to think they are getting one thing and then end up with something so far below my standards. It is one of the reasons I am so up to date with how my books look and how the stories come across. My inspirational and motivational books are my own personality. So what you read on the inside, is how I am on the outside. I am not fake. I welcome comments, good or bad. Criticism is something I pay attention to. I am approachable because I know without God, I am nothing and I can do nothing. I am no better than the next person. Some people get weird around me when they find out I am an author. I am still me, Juliana Love.
Remember, perfection takes progress and progress takes patience! Always strive to do better than you did the day before, unless you have already done your best. Don’t settle for mediocre. Don’t be happy with “soon forgotten.” Be a statement, make the impact. Our world needs your difference!