If You Keep Going For Perfection, You May Never Take Any Action!
The word ‘perfection’. It’s a great sounding word to many of us, to include myself (or at least it used to be). Even though I know that no one is perfect, to me it had always meant excellence; being the best at your craft, not settling for the ordinary, but being extraordinary. It was mastering a skill that you have or excelling on a project you dive into. It was developing yourself in a way that shows that you are not just doing the easy route, but instead taking it above and beyond.
I am a recovering “perfectionist”. How did I become a perfectionist? How did this all start? I believe it started at an early age when I was striving for something better. I had a good life, but I wanted more. I wanted to have a great career and be very financially sound. I knew that if I just went with the flow of life, I would have limited myself in what I accomplished in life.
So how did my drive for excellence, actually ‘perfectionism’ serve me? Quite well in the organizations I worked in. I was seen as a driven employee that went above and beyond and I was greatly rewarded for it. For the assignments that were given to me, I had plenty of time to complete the results to what appeared to be in a perfect way. But since becoming an entrepreneur, I have learned that I must be a different way. Things are at a much faster pace and you must take risks and take action and make adjustments along the way. I found that if I tried to always make things perfect, or wait for the exact right time, opportunities are going to pass me by. Even though I have accomplished so much in my life, there’s a lot of things I am working on with SmartChic that I am just SO excited about to move forward on. I want it to be PERFECT, but yes…. yes…. I have learned don’t worry about it being perfect, just strive for excellence!
So I hope my story shows you, if you keep striving for ‘perfection’ it may lead to inaction! So keep these things in mind:
- Strive for excellence, not for perfection. *No one is perfect!
- Realize you will make mistakes. Make adjustments along the way.
- No more waiting. No more hesitating. Take action today!
Can any of you relate to being a perfectionist or have stories of when you were one? I would love to hear from you!