Getting out your own way...
Most entrepreneurs are perfectionists. They want everything they do to be perfect, and this can often lead to them delaying projects or not starting them at all. This is a lethal combination for an entrepreneur because the fear of not being perfect can paralyze them from taking any action. In this article, we will explore the mindsets and habits to overcome
Perfectionism is the need to have everything perfect. For entrepreneurs, this often means that they want their businesses to be perfect and they want every task to be completed perfectly.
This can lead to a lot of stress and frustration. Most entrepreneurs don't have the time or resources to do everything themselves, so trying to do everything perfectly can hinder their progress.
There are a few key reasons why perfectionism is so harmful to entrepreneurs:
The effects of perfectionism on entrepreneurial success are both subtle and not-so-subtle.
On the more subtle side, perfectionism can lead to what is known as "analysis paralysis." This occurs when you overthink things to the point where you can't make a decision. And since making decisions is a key part of being an entrepreneur, analysis paralysis can be pretty crippling.
On the not-so-subtle side, perfectionism can lead to a fear of failure. This fear can keep you from taking risks, which is essential for any entrepreneur. And if you're too afraid to take risks, you'll never achieve anything great.
The first step is acknowledging that you have a problem with perfectionism. Once you realize that your need for perfection is holding you back, you can start to make changes.
Here are some mindsets and habits to help overcome perfectionism:
Remember, perfectionism is a mindset that can be overcome. With practice, you can change the way you think and start achieving greater success.
To banish perfectionism with only one swift blow, it is important to remember that you are not your business. Your business is an entity separate from you, with its own goals, objectives, and mission.
Take Todd Herman's advice and develop an alter ego for your business that's a mix of visionary, scientist, resilience, playful, and confidence. You can even name your alter ego! 🙂
As you're working ON your business, be this detached alter ego and allow it to take imperfect action.
Tiny Habit recipe: After I [hear negative selk-talk], I will take one deep breath and ask myself one of these "what if" questions:
Define your minimally viable product or service and what it does NOT need to include.
Look around nature and see the perfect in the imperfect. There are no perfect leaves, rocks, or animals. Yet, we still find them beautiful.
What if nature waited to be perfect before it took action? How long would we have to wait for a tree to grow?
Nature is the ultimate experimenter. Every day, it's trying new things and seeing what works.
Take imperfect action towards your goal today and let go of the need to be perfect. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish!
Question: What small action I can take right now towards completing your minimally viable product?
Let go: Take 10 deep breaths: 4 seconds in and 8 seconds out
Question: How freeing does it feel to let go of the need to be perfect? How much energy and time will you save by not being a perfectionist? How much faster will you reach your goals?