Just where you are
that is the place to start.
Perfection, by its own definition, requires nothing.
It is a state of still silence.
Imperfection, by human definition, requires molding, manipulation, modification.
It resides in the state of vibrancy and creation.
This is where we all live and breathe.
I imagine as a human, I'll achieve perfection as I release my last breath. As a being, I'm already there without the awareness that I am already there. This is the conundrum of human and beingness.
For now, I follow the wisdom of Pema Chodron and embrace the imperfect-work-in-progress of my life. And I admit, I am not rushing towards perfection, in fact, I am moving towards it at a very, very slow pace.