Progress over Perfection
The other day, I was sitting at the coffee shop getting some work done. When I got there, I made a quick list of what I hoped to accomplish.
The list was pretty long and I found myself making excuses for why I could put some of those tasks off. Why was I wanting to put them off? Because I’m a serial perfectionist.
I often find myself putting tasks off, not because I don’t want to do them, but because I want to do it WELL. Who am I kidding? I want to do them RIGHT the first time (be perfect). You see, I let perfection get in my way of getting it done.
At the coffee shop, I started to wonder how many other people with a home-based business struggle with this.
How often have you put off doing a video because you’re hair isn’t done and you’ve barely even looked in the mirror that day?
How often have you put off reaching out to someone because it’s not the right time of day? Or time of year?
How often have you decided to put something off until tomorrow because you don’t think there’s enough time to finish it today?
For me the answer is a resounding – OFTEN! Way too often. How about you?
But being a business owner and a work from home Mom, I have realized that this is something I need to overcome.
If you’re on my fan page or a subscriber of my newsletter, no doubt you’ve seen video of mine where my hair is up and I have no make up on. Truth is, I probably just got done at the gym – is it perfect? NO! But it’s me practicing being okay with that.
I’ve taught myself that starting something and not finishing it until the next day is okay. I’ve taught myself that things don’t always have to be perfect to be done.
If this is you – you’re not alone! But….
There’s always abut, right? Don’t let it stop you – this is the type of obstacle you need to “get over” so you can create the life you desire.
I’m not saying good enough is always okay. But I am saying that perfection is not necessary.
Focusing on progress over perfection is a strategy that will allow you to get more of what you want in life.
If you’re like me, when you decide on a big goal, you become paralyzed. I think it needs to be done in the right way. When in truth, as long as you consistently moving forward and are consistently making progress, it IS the right way!
Committing to yourself that you will focus on progress instead of a specific goal will help you avoid slipping into the trap of perfectionism or the “I can’t start until I know what I’m doing” trap.
Instead you can simply focus on what is right in front of you, what you can do RIGHT NOW. You learn, adjust and take the next step tomorrow.
Does committing to progress over perfection mean you have to lower your standards? No! I still have big goals, but instead of focusing on the end goal, I focus on what is right in front of me. I focus on the next baby step.
What are you waiting for?
Get to it – do whatever it is you’ve been putting off! Focus on progress over perfection.