Oops! The Perfectionist's Guide To Imperfection!
Oh, the trouble with being perfect! Your friends are envious. People wish they were you. Life is a dream. It's so darn burdensome! You totally know what I'm talking about, like I'm describing your life, right? I'm glad you can relate, because that's been my life since day one! No one has ever looked at me and thought "Wow, what a hot mess!" Or have they? Hmmm..... well maybe once or twice, what with my crazy love life and wacky schedule and all. OK whatever. But honestly, I do have a wide streak of perfectionist in me that I'm constantly trying to tame. It's not that it's a bad thing, it's just something I need to keep in check so I can keep moving forward. This is especially important as an entrepreneur since I'm my own boss and don't have anyone looking over my shoulder (other than my clients).
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“Let It Go” & Other Mantras To Help You Get Over Being A Perfectionist!
Now, back to the hardships of being a perfectionist. A desire to have everything done just right — meaning, the way you want it — is a pretty common trait among us entrepreneurs and do-it-yourselfers. That may even have been one of the driving forces behind you starting your own business. No one else could do your thing as good as you, so why not call the shots and get paid directly for doing that thing really well? Why exactly does that need to be tamed? Well, if you're like me, sometimes wanting to have everything done perfectly gets in the way of just getting it done. Sound familiar?
Have you ever missed a deadline on a project because you kept tweaking it, making it more "perfect" instead of deciding it was better to be done than to be late? Details matter and they're often what distinguish us from our competitors. But do you ever get slowed down by the details of a job to the point of not finishing or not moving on to the next stage? Do you have a hard time accepting that something is good enough, even if you imagined it better and more amazing in your mind? A "yes" to any of these questions might mean that you need to work on letting go of perfect and deciding that "good enough" is, oftentimes, good enough. Just like Sheryl Sandberg says, "Done is better than perfect." Besides, while everyone may love what you've done, only you know that it was more amazing in your head.
Be Oh So Quotable This Week!
For a little more Q & A on whether or not you fit the profile of a perfectionist, check out this article. If you're a procrastinator, you may be surprised to learn that you're also a perfectionist. Go you... you're flawed, yet perfect! Same if you have a hard time delegating. Sara Blakely — founder of Spanx and woman who makes us gals look perfect in our favorite dresses — has a good quote about delegating and letting go that I've shared this week. I'm also sharing quotes from some other talented women who may seem perfect, but know the value of not always insisting on perfection.
I always say running a business means the work never ends! Ain't that the truth? I bet your to-do list is a mile long! Make sure that the items at the top of your list are the things that relate to being more profitable. Everyone is so proud of being so "busy"...But Are You Making Any Money? Don't be too busy to focus!
Check out the summary of last week's business tips and motivational quotes from my Instagram page which you hopefully got to see in real time! If not, let's make sure we're following each other on Instagram!! So...here is this week's roundup of Instagram images of My Top Business Tips and Motivational Quotes.
Perfectionist (Not really!) – Tip #1:
"Done is better than perfect." – Sheryl Sandberg
Perfectionist (No one's perfect!) – Tip #2:
"If you’re not making some notable mistakes along the way, you’re certainly not taking enough business and career chances." – Sallie Krawcheck
Perfectionist (Not quite!) – Tip #3:
"The challenge is not to be perfect...it’s to be whole." – Jane Fonda
Perfectionist (Uh no!) – Tip #4:
"All careers go up and down like friendships, like marriages, like anything else, and you can’t bat a thousand all the time." – Julie Andrews
Perfectionist (Nope!) – Tip #5:
"If somebody can do something 80 percent as good as you think you would have done it yourself, then you’ve got to let it go." – Sara Blakely
Let's talk! I'd love to hear about some of your perfectionist tendencies!
Are you a perfectionist? How do you "let it go" in order to get stuff done and be ok with the outcome? I would LOVE to hear from you! Anyhoo...I publish these business tips and motivational quotes to get you fired up for your work week! Oh by the way, want to eliminate frustration and increase cash? Discover 8 simple ideas to get clients, identify the three types of clients and create your sales system.
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