I am a die-hard perfectionist.
Whew! Glad to get that off my chest
I think many entrepreneurs share this feeling of needing everything to be “just so” before we can send something off to a client or move on to the next project. I’ve talked before about how perfectionism affects your work-life balance, but it can also hold you back in your life and business if left to grow wild.
- Are you waiting for your business to be in that “right place” before you start going for the clients you want to work with?
- Are you waiting to get that “right project” before finally charging what you’re worth?
- Are you waiting for your work-life balance to be “just right” before you finally take that vacation?
Pam Slim once said that, “The enemy of a new entrepreneur is endless planning and perfection.” And it’s true! If you keep waiting and trying to get to this imaginary place of perfection, you may blind yourself to the opportunities that are presented to you right now. As much as we want to plan and time everything right, life rarely follows a straight and narrow path.
If your ideal client comes along, don’t be afraid that you might fail if everything isn’t perfectly aligned in your business. Trust that you have the abilities and talents to not only wow this client, but also quickly adjust your business plans to get to where you can comfortably work with them.
When I get particularly stressed over a business proposal I’m writing for my PR company, I try to remember that no one ever got anywhere agonizing over something for hours (another Pam Slim-ism). Instead, they spent less time at the edge of opportunities and more time jumping into them with both feet, learning from the experience, and then fine tuning their approach based on this success (or failure- it does happen!).
Perfectionism isn’t a bad trait to have, but it definitely shouldn’t be a life sentence either.
Are you a perfectionist too? If yes, how have you learned to “let go”? If no, what’s been keeping you from moving forward that you’re working on finally letting go? Leave a comment below or connect with me via Twitter or Facebook. Looking forward to your thoughts!
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Elena is founder of a technology PR agency that works with startups to billion-dollar companies. She is passionate about helping marketers and small business owners with practical publicity strategies, which she's also using for her own bling flip flop company.
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