“Perfect is the enemy of good.” —Voltaire
I don’t know about you, but feeling the need to be a “superperson” comes as easily to me as taking a breath or tying my shoe. Perfection, that familiar devil that lives on my shoulders, gets especially demanding when I’m under pressure to get something done that means a lot to me. Case in point: While pulling together material for my upcoming teleseminar, the analysis paralysis that goes hand in hand with perfectionism pushed me to my breaking point and I decided I’d had ENOUGH. I had to let perfection go.
Why not instead embrace wabi sabi, the Japanese world view that celebrates imperfection? Or, better yet, trade perfection for AWESOME?
It may sound goofy, but hear me out because these mindset shifts can help you lighten up if the need to have everything “just so” is sucking the joy out of all you accomplish.
3 Steps on the Path to Awesome
1. Put yourself in your best friend’s shoes and look at your work from her POV. You are your own harsh critic, but she loves you unconditionally. Over time, you’ll get there too!
2. Put your project in perspective. Step waaay back and ask yourself, “In the grand scheme of things, what will happen if this is not perfect?” I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the answer.
3. Focus on enjoying the challenge of doing your best. Because your best always trumps perfect.
Got it, grasshopper? I’m still trying to walk my talk with these steps but refuse to beat myself up if it doesn’t happen overnight. After all, becoming awesome is a process and I’m 100% committed.
What do you think? How does the need to be “perfect” interfere with your work? How can you reframe your idea of doing your best? Is awesome attainable sans cape? Weigh in with your thoughts in the Comments below!“Awesome,” © 2008 Sam Brown, www.explodingdog.com.