There are a number of things that go into running a business; some we are comfortable with, and others we aren’t. For me, when I started the Master Fixer, blogging was something I found challenging: I have expert knowledge, I am good at what I do, but where do I begin and how on earth do you write a blog?! It wasn’t until I happened to stumble across a book, conveniently opened at a page that read “The worst thing you have ever written is better than the best thing you have never written”, that I realised I am holding myself to a too high standard. I can’t be perfect, I won’t ever be perfect, but I can give it a go- progress is better than nothing!
The search for perfection is something that troubles many of my clients. Trying to be perfect can get in the way of healthy changes you’re trying to make. You wouldn’t believe the difference in productivity, profit and the mindset of my clients when they realise that focusing on progress, opposed to perfection, is really what puts you on the path to success.
To properly highlight to you the negative side effects of perfectionism, here is a list of the ways that it can prevent you reaching your goals:
Progression keeps you going. Think about hiking up a mountain and looking down when you’re halfway up to see how far you have come: you know you aren’t at the top, but it’s still better than being at the bottom- it’s the same with business.
You need to accept that mistakes are a part of all human endeavours, so instead of avoiding them we must learn from them, and use them to improve in the future. You might find that once you’ve given it a go that you’ve done better than you thought (and if not, just keep trying!).
As a business owner you will know that there is a never-ending list of things to do. It is easy to think that there is never anything to celebrate, because you’re not quite done yet! By focusing on progression, you will start to open your eyes to more of your accomplishments, no matter how small. You will notice yourself getting better over time- and that sounds like cause to celebrate to me!
So the next time you find yourself sat in a cloud of disappear for not being perfect, remember progression is what really matters. Re-frame your view of failure, and ensure the tasks you give yourself are realistic. If you need help, ask for it- that is not something to be ashamed of and it is an important lesson to remember.
If you think you and your business could do with a guiding hand, expert advice, or even just someone to hold you accountable, then book your Complimentary Call with me now. Alternatively, head over to my Facebook Group where I share my expert insights with a bunch of like-minded business women. Come and join the fun!