PERFECTIONISM: It's Like A Virus In Your Business. And Here's Why...Aug 16, 2023
Perfectionism is not the same as having high standards.
In fact, perfectionism is kind of like a virus in your business like a virus on your laptop. It’s slow, clunky, sometimes works but there is a lot of “spinning wheel of death” going on.
Most people are not aware of this and I was DEFINITELY in denial... but when perfectionism is first learned, it comes from a place of, “I need to get everything perfect and look perfect so that nobody can judge or criticise me.”
Most of us are only aware of the secondary behaviour…
… which is constantly looking for, “what’s not good enough?” Constantly looking for flaws, mistakes, things you’ve missed or overlooked, and things people could dislike, disagree with or criticise.
So now, nothing you do ever feels good enough, tasks take 10X longer than they need to, and you train your brain to hate the process of doing those tasks because it’s so stressful.
There are three key components to eliminating perfectionism.
The first, and the most important is to establish a foundation of self worth because that’s the true source of the issue. (This is actually easier than you think!)
The second component is to value speed of execution, progress, and having your business scale - way more than you value other people’s opinions. Because let’s be honest have you ever been judged or criticised by someone who is ahead of you!? Didn’t think so...
And the third is to understand - not just intellectually, but understand emotionally - that clarity, learning, and breakthroughs come from experience and execution, not from analysing, and pondering, and trying to predict the future. So as FB once said “move fast and break things”.
You may sweat, break nails and cry along the way but that’s being a business owner - but the sweating, nail breakage and tears get less with every fall! THIS IS PART OF THE GAME! Anyone who tells you otherwise is honestly delusional.
You get smarter, stronger, and you take it on the chin the more you experience and execute. Sitting in analysing and pondering will get you no where.
David & Rachel
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