JOKE OF THE DAY:
My wife accused me of being immature.
I told her to get out of my fort. 🙂
Are you a perfectionist? STOP IT!
Perfectionism is NOT a virtue… Truthfully –
“Perfectionism is just a fancy word for “Procrastination“.
So my question for you today my friend, is
have you ever let perfectionism stop you from doing what you know you need to do
…to move forward in life and business?
I was talking to a friend the other week and he was telling me about how he will make a video stop and look at it,
and then make another one stop and look at it,
…and then make another one and make another one and – on and on – so on and so forth because none of the videos he made were good enough in his eyes.
This is known as perfectionism and I have suffered with it myself in the past.
It’s possible that you, just like me, even use this as a way to pat yourself on the back by mistakenly turning the vice into a virtue.
Here’s a thought that slapped me upside the head when I first realized it.
Perfectionism is just a fancy word for procrastination.
It is not a virtue – it is a vice because it stops us from doing the things we know we need to do to move on in life.
Sure we like to tell ourselves that we haven’t made the videos we know we were supposed to make,
Or haven’t done the blog posts we know we were supposed to write,
or made the phone calls we know we were supposed to make…
Because, well we are just perfectionists right?
Feels good to say doesn’t it?
I’m just a perfectionist.
In my humble opinion we need to stop lying to ourselves and start calling a spade a spade.
What we’re really doing here is not taking action and then giving ourselves an excuse that sounds good as to why we didn’t take action.
The cool thing about being in business is that you don’t have to be perfect to have success and make a lot of money.
This morning in the gym I Went into the men’s restroom and I had to chuckle,
like I do every time, because there’s a sign hanging on the wall that makes me laugh.
The sign says please do not put ALLOT of toilet paper in the toilet because it will plug it.
I laughed because I know the owner of my gym is a very successful guy who owns several businesses.
And yet here is a sign that has a glaring spelling mistake staring everyone of his male customers in the face when they use the restroom.
It’s a great example to me that you do not have to be perfect to be successful in business.
Sort of like my first year in network marketing.
I remember receiving the business kit from the company in the mail.
Here I was a new college graduate making $11.09 an hour at my job.
I remember going through the business kit and being so frustrated because I found all of these spelling and grammar mistakes.
I couldn’t believe that this “professional” company was sending out materials that had errors.
I had been taught in school that you had to have things perfect to get a good grade on the test or the paper.
What I didn’t realize was that the two owners of the company were out in the marketplace making a fortune,
…all the while I was complaining about spelling mistakes and letting that stop me from taking action.
Absurd isn’t it?
Now, Not being a perfectionist does not mean we aren’t committed to quality.
Rather it means that we improve ourselves and our businesses while we are taking action over time.
This morning in the gym I was listening to an audio from Anthony Robbins.
He was talking about this guy named Dr. Edwards Deming who taught the Ford Motor Company about quality.
Ford was in the red and losing money.
After applying what Dr. Deming taught them they went in the black to the tune of billions of dollars.
Simply by focusing on quality.
Here’s what I bet they didn’t do though.
I bet they didn’t stop their factories from producing automobiles while they were learning about better quality.
I bet they didn’t put the brakes on all their marketing and say hold on we’ve got to stop until we have this right.
I’m willing to bet that they continued engaging in day-to-day business operations and WHILE they were doing that, they continually improved over time.
And maybe we might want to consider following that example.
So my friend today, cheers to taking action and not being perfect.
Cheers to moving forward with imperfect plans because we know as we take action we can craft more perfect ones.
What are you going to do today to get out of the mode of having to have things just right before taking action?
What are you going to do imperfectly so you can inspire the people around you to know that they too, do not have to be perfect to get things done in life and business?
Share with me down below I would love to hear.