Put your hand up in the air if you’re a perfectionist.
I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely guilty as charged. Today I want to teach you how being a perfectionist is actually holding you back from being as successful as you can be in your business.
"Being a perfectionist is actually holding you back from being as successful as you can be in your #business."
This one’s a tough topic. So many of us are passionate about what we do. We want to be the best that we can be, make the best things that we can make, and give the best part of us that we can give. Heck, many of us wear the term “perfectionist” like a badge of honor! But what you may not realize is that when perfection is your goal, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
"When perfection is your goal, you’re setting yourself up for failure."
I know it seems like the opposite, doesn’t it? Shouldn’t being perfect guarantee that you succeed? After all, you’ve done everything right. You’ve dotted every i, crossed every t, and then probably painted that entire page with a colorful mural, you overachiever you.
Of course we all want things to be perfect in our businesses and our lives. But does that always happen? Not necessarily. Real life is messy. Real life is accidentally dotting the t and crossing the i, and then getting dots of blue paint on your brand-new dress. (Why did you wear your brand-new dress when you were painting? Because it looks beautiful on you, and you were 99% sure that you are way too careful and talented to get paint on it. Well, tell that to the blue handprint on your stomach.) And when you spend all of your time trying to get it right, you’re actually doing it wrong.
"When you spend all of your #time trying to get it right, you’re actually doing it wrong."
You’re keeping yourself from the things you can learn along the way. You’re keeping yourself paralyzed in one place instead of moving forward. You’re keeping yourself from the joy of FINISHING IT already.
We all make mistakes sometimes. If you want to see a great example of that, look no further than this blog post on the many, many, many (12.) mistakes I made when hosting my first webinar. Oops! You live and you learn. The important thing is that you don’t let mistakes keep you from trying again.
"The only way to get to the end is to go through the mistakes you make along the way."
No matter what, you have to keep taking action. Even if it’s imperfect. Even if it’s a disaster, actually. Even if it’s hands-down the worst you’ve ever done. (Something in your life has to take the title of “the worst you’ve ever done.” Why not get it out of the way now?!)
Today I want you to think about the baby steps you can take to just keep moving forward. It can be anything. And even if you execute it imperfectly, at least you’ve taken some of the pressure off.
Tell me in the comments below, when have you been imperfect?