Why being a perfectionist isn't all it's cracked up to be~
- Perfectionism kills confidence, stifles creativity, and creates procrastination. For an entrepreneur, the reinforcement of these 2 paralyzing mindsets could use some shifting!
How did I get here?
- I am a virgo, you know, the analytical, methodical, organized, precise, balanced, and planning guru. Well, I would say that none of these are me. However, in my head, YES, absolutely, I am all that, and more! As much as, I would like to think I am good at some of those, I am a repeat offender of procrastination. Of course, I know there was no way to be perfect, nor did I really want to be that person. Deep down, I must be some wanna be perfectionist because I was a chronic procrastinator. The only positive outcome for me and procrastination was the fact that it was fueled the self made emergency that I created, producing a massive adrenaline rush, an ‘organic high' if you will, an instant gratification that gave me. Of course, this part of brain's attributes is a downside, because one can become addicted to those chemical responses created within the brain. Moreover, it effected my self-confidence, my creativity, and the loads of ‘preparing to prepare, getting ready to do it', in my head and time suck was time and energy… gone, bye bye!
- There I said it! I wrote it, It's out in the digital abyss!
Wrapping your head around the 80% approach?
If you want to attract individuals who are like-minded and desire the momentum of a creative and inventive team, then you will want to pony up your best attributes now!
What do I mean?
Well, if I was talking to myself, I would say, ‘Jill, you have to do something NOW…anything, please!' That means saying ‘thanks to that perfectionistic self, the one that chronically procrastinates, dismissing her, give her a bowl of popcorn and say,
‘Watch this' and then ‘How do you like me now?!'
Do not ignore lessons, nor your survival skills that got you there.
I am not a believer in completely scorning one part of myself, for I honor that this specific trait got me to where I am. Provided I am learning the lesson in front of me, I am exactly where I need to be. I encourage you to not scorn that perfectionistic self, for it has, and will serve you. It is a valuable trait, especially when bridled.
To be unaware of this flaw will result in a personal sabotage that will create the exact result you feared, and the beginning a slow death of whatever you wanted to achieve. Unless of course, you are a glutton for punishment, extremely stubborn and/or have the tenacity of a warrior.
I am a little of all those, but most definitely a tenacious warrior!
- I don't give up on the passions within my heart.
- I take risks most would not.I am a little crazy, and very much a free spirit. (most people who know me, do love me!)
My dear friend Andrea, at D-fit, introduced Dan Sullivan to me. His explanation for using this approach and the benefits associated with the approach were so simply put, it demanded my attention.
Jean-Baptist Say, a french economist coined the term entrepreneur in 1800, states that ‘the entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of an area of lower and into an area of higher productivity and greater yield'. There are so many meanings floating around for entrepreneur; here are a few;
‘a person attempts to make a profit by starting a company or by operating alone in the business world, esp. when it involves taking risks'.
‘a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money'
‘one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise'
I was struck by Sullivan's description; ‘one who continually strives to make things more useful and more valuable than they found them'.
I personally love the definition of an entrepreneur as an adventurer taking risks most people would not to build the perfect purposeful business. I am, at heart, this individual, it resonates with me for many reasons. When I was a young child in our youth group, this was our motto, and to this day, something I teach my children; to be better and better each and every day; knowing perfection will never be attained, but doesn't mean we can't do better.
What is it?
The 80% approach is a strategy used to conserve and elevate productivity, confidence, creativity, inventiveness and attracting others that have the same objective for the betterment of oneself, and creating time freedom.
This path will create more momentum imaginable. The impact on the productivity of the team and confidence rendered within each phase is without question effective.
Sullivan identifies two mental habits that can paralyze one for a lifetime. Perfectionism and procrastination, both of which will undermine individual confidence, and prevents teamwork. Each reinforce one another and make the desired outcome further and further from your reality.
I want to break this down into a 4 steps
The first attempt at anything is never more than 80%, regardless of preparation.
Did you read that last part? ‘Regardless of preparation' What Sullivan conveys is that even with all the prep time, you will only do an 80% job the first time, anyway. That means all the getting ready in your head, all the organizing your thoughts, all that stuff = wasted time and energy. This habit creates procrastination, decreasing confidence and creativity.
‘80% is good enough in 80% of the situations, 80% of the time'.
As simple as it sounds, most people can be stuck in this mental habit. One must acknowledge this; per Sullivan, I can vouch for that one. I personally have been stuck, and after recognizing the disservice I did not only to myself, but to others around me, it was hard to swallow. If you too, do not do this, you not only stunt your own self-improvement, but all around you.
The solution is to begin and complete any project in your path as soon as possible and as quickly as possible without delay.
Then hand it off to the next person who has a better skillset to add to the project which will be their 80% effort, bringing the project to 96%. Now that just sounds magical to me!
The power of getting the first 80% done as quickly as possible will constantly reinforce confidence for you and your team.
Riding that wave of is the moment of free flow energy, the vibration of success, bliss, not place you'd rather be. Created by you and those around you seek that momentum. The prospect of getting on the wave is irresistible. The desire to hit the repeat button is there. Build, reinforce the confidence and creativity around you, it's there.
So, get to it!
Reinforce the why, not only to yourself, but to those around you.
- Create confidence
- Create momentum
- Create team enthusiasm
- Create positive energy
- Create success
I trust this information has inspired you to consider that just doing something doesn't have to be a symbol on your shoes! JUST DO IT!
It could be the mind shift you've been needing!
More on mind shifting from this Mama soon!