Estimated read time: 34 seconds (because things want to be simple in this season)
During client calls today, I heard a lot about perfectionism and the desire to move forward already! Do any of these examples sound familiar to you?
- You tweak a Powerpoint presentation over and over because it's not quite finished yet.
- You stay up late rewriting a report to get it "just right."
- You have delayed on publishing something because if still needs work.
- You still haven't written those cover letters.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you might be a perfectionist. Or at least have some perfectionist tendencies.
Perfection is the enemy of complete and in many cases, complete is the more important of the two.
(If you are a space or medical device engineer, feel free to go for perfection.) For the rest of us...
The cure for perfectionism is easier than you think. Simply follow these steps:
- Produce the imperfect thing.
- Take a deep breath and let go of the drive to make it perfect. Seriously. Stop working on it right now.
- Send it out, publish it, or present it in all it's glorious imperfection.
- See that, in fact, you don't die.
After a few repetitions, you'll get used to it. You'll be more efficient and able to focus on other projects and on, maybe, sleeping or fun.
Send out the thing you've been perfecting now. I dare you. Then write me and tell me all about it.
I always love to hear from you.
ChristinaP.S. If you know someone who would like to receive this newsletter, they can sign-up for The Corporate Rebel Video Podcast and Newsletter HERE. P.P.S. There's even a typo in this newsletter to continue to demonstrate that imperfection won't kill you.