How to escape perfection paralysis

I have a confession. I have been stalling to do something in my business that I know will move it forward and help many people. But I’ve been delaying. Procrastination is running rampant and I’ve come up with a dozen reasons why I’m not ready to put it out there, yet.

Has this ever happened to you? I’m sure I’ve seen you at the Perfection Paralysis Party.
Many business owners just like you get caught in the perfectionism trap. Playing it safe. Afraid to put yourself and your work out there in a bigger way. One thing I know for sure: your quest to get it perfect is keeping you small.

Perfection is your enemy.

Striving for perfection is a futile battle. In the end the only thing it does is leaves you open to procrastination and distraction, the evil stepsisters of productivity. It keeps you in your comfort zone where you will do three things:

  1. Not start something
  2. Not finish something
  3. Stall your business growth

3 keys to overcoming perfectionism

1. Make friends with failure
Reframe the way you look at failure. Rather than seeing it as a judgement on your ability, think of failure as a redirection of your path. The most successful entrepreneurs have innovated and iterated their way through failure.

2. Accept the Good is Good Enough mantra
This is your get-out-of-jail-free card. Reciting this mantra to yourself regularly allows you to keep moving forward and not get stuck in a spiral of redoing your work until it is just right.

3. Banish the critics
Everyone has an opinion and most love to voice it, especially those with no skin in the game. As a business owner, you are guaranteed to be judged by others. The key is not to take it personally. Remember, armchair critics have no room in your business.


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