Perfectionism can get in the way of building or marketing a successful business. It can prevent you from moving ahead, or from taking advantage of business opportunities. We set ourselves up with unrealistic expectations, which can be damaging both on a personal and professional level.
What striving for perfection can do is damage your self-esteem, this because you never feel that you’re good enough. Instead, choose to adopt an attitude of striving to get better. Look at all the failures you’ve experienced as a learning tool. Discover how being less than perfect, can move you ahead in your business and your life.
Taking action is the antidote to overcoming perfectionism. When it comes to marketing, put yourself out there, and show the world who you are, this through your speech and online presence.
Never wait until you feel that you’re perfect. The truth is that you never will be. Everything that you do is a work in progress. Start now, get feedback, and then correct the mistakes as you move forward.
Just Say No
Stop placing all those unreasonably high demands on yourself, or those high standards you can’t reach, as it becomes difficult if not impossible to meet them, even under the best of circumstances. Learn to say “no” to yourself.
We constantly place absurd demands on ourselves, higher than what anyone else would, and then fail. Looking at the big picture, they really mean nothing.
Begin with being average, while not sacrificing quality in what you do. Trying to be perfect, will only delay getting your message out to those who need to hear it the most.
Set Realistic Goals
Unreasonably high demands, goes hand in hand with setting unrealistic goals. You can’t expect to do everything at once, or at the same level of quality. Creating a plan on what needs to be done in your business, becomes top priority.
For each major project or item that you need to do, break it down into a number of steps that’s easily doable. A goal of building a website can be daunting. However, drafting a plan, makes it much easier to accomplish.
Find Mutual Support
Find others who’ll support you, in what you’re doing. Consider asking friends, colleagues, or family members to be your sounding board, for some projects you’re working on. If you think that something isn’t perfect enough, they can give you unbiased feedback.
At times, we get so caught up in what we’re doing, we can’t see that it’s good enough just as it is. Recruit a supportive team, to help you determine whether you’ve reached that point.
It’s Good Enough
Consider adopting the mindset, that whatever you do is the right thing to do, and the best thing at that moment. Having this attitude can be the difference, when creating a successful business.
Not only will potential clients find your sense of personal strength attractive, you’ll also gain more confidence to make things happen quicker. You’ll then take more risks, ask for more business, and work more effectively at everything you do.
Redefine failure, as it’s a natural part of life. Failure isn’t the end, nor does it mean that you’re incompetent. Realize that failure is a teacher, that can help you innovate your business better.
Failure provides valuable information, telling you that you’re doing something wrong, or you’re going in the wrong direction, which isn’t providing the results you want. The sooner you understand this, the sooner you can re-orient yourself towards success.
Reframe Your Attitude
Perfection is defined as freedom from fault or defect, or the quality or state of being saintly. The words that we use to describe what we do, or who we are, makes a difference in the success we achieve.
So adopt an attitude that you’re perfect just the way you are. That you’re good enough. Write down what perfection means to you, and then post it in a place where you can read it daily.
Look On The Bright Side
When you’re not trying to be perfect, is when you’ll usually find the perfect opportunity. Life is imperfect, and opportunity occurs when you least expect it.
Opportunities are abundant. Take a look at the last few things you did, which you didn’t think were perfect, or didn’t meet your high standards. What were the results of what you did. What exciting things generated as a result.
Getting Results Are More Important Than Perfection
Doing things, putting yourself into action, telling people about what you can do for them, can help you get results, than choosing to spend another hour or another dollar, trying to make something perfect, this in the hopes that you’ll earn some increased level of success.
People aren’t attracted to perfection, they’re attracted to those who makes things happen. If you’re at the office attempting to perfect everything in your business, the trade-off is you’re not somewhere where you can be making valuable business contacts.
It’s also important to surround yourself with others who like to take action. Not only will they motivate you to do the same, but you’ll also be able to witness firsthand, the results that they’re getting, this by they taking action.
Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself
Those who are perfectionists, will often beat themselves up and then feel down or disappointed for not achieving what they wanted. Know that perfection is an ideal, and not a reality, as it’s humanely impossible to achieve.
Learn how to forgive yourself, once you do something that you don’t think is good enough. Love yourself for being you, that you tried your best. Potential clients aren’t attracted to you because of your constant indecision, but what you can do for them.