Welcome to part 3 in my series “7 Ways to Save Money and Time When Launching Your Coaching Business.” Today’s article is about new coach mindset shift number 3: Getting out of perfectionism! Here are 5 Tips to avoid perfectionism and just get it done.
I’m a reformed perfectionist. My father went to military school as a child, and he was certain he could whip his only daughter into shape, military style. Although he did not succeed in turning out a good recruit, he did end up turning out a bona-fide perfectionist.
This was great in some respects! I got straight A’s in school, and everything I did, I did well. I put 100% into everything and in many ways, it has helped me succeed and excel in life.
But not always. There are times when perfectionism is counter-productive. As I mentioned in my personal note, caring for twin babies is one of those times. Another is when marketing your business.
Yes, there are times when you want perfect: If you’re looking for a brain surgeon, for example.
However when it comes to marketing, “Done is Better Than Perfect.” (Scott Allen quote.)
There will always be a few mistakes, and there will always be more you can do to make your marketing better. Always. In the mean time, you’re losing all the clients that marketing could be bringing in. You have to weigh the two.
Otherwise you could get caught in “Perfection Paralysis.” You’ll end up frustrated, stressed out, way behind schedule, and disappointed in how long it takes to get results. Believe me, I’ve been there.
Now, don’t take this to mean it’s ok to crank out garbage, that’s not what I’m saying. You want to do the best job you can. But the definition of “best job you can” includes a time parameter. You must learn to say “good enough.”
I know how tough it is. I still struggle with it on occasion. But I’ve learned to chant the phrase “Completion Not Perfection,” and then just get it out there.
There’s a sense of freedom that comes with being able to let go and not worry about doing perfect work.
Here are 5 tricks that have helped me get over my own perfectionism:
These are strategies that work for me. Give them a try, or come up with your own. But whatever you do, remember: “Done is Better Than Perfect!”
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