I'm a member of a lesser known club, and I'm wondering if you are too? It's called Perfectionists Anonymous. It's for those of us who are recovering from striving for absolute perfection in everything that we do. (And OK - it's not a real club, but I think you get the idea).
Some may call perfectionism an admirable quality. But what I've learned over the years is that being a perfectionist can be leave you with way too much judgment and lack of confidence.
My perfectionist nature is getting worked-over in an improv class that Dave and I are taking together. Improv is all about being in the present moment and being open to whatever comes your way. This "being open to the outcome" is pretty freeing (and yes, terrifying at times too)!
In fact, in improv class we are REWARDED when we mess up! When we make a "mistake" we get to take a circus bow - a big one where everyone claps for us.
We are rewarded because we took a risk. And without taking a risk - without surrendering to the situation - we are never going to be great at improv!
Perfectionism is a HUGE frustration that I see in the marketplace. I see amazing women entrepreneurs who don't want to launch their program until EVERYTHING is perfect.
But here's the truth: We're not perfect and we can't expect our businesses to be either.
If we wait until we have it all figured out, then we will NEVER get a launch in motion to bring in more clients and make more money.
Getting a launch in motion, even before every single detail is ironed out, is crucial to success.
Just like we need to challenge our inner perfectionist in improv, we need to challenge our inner perfectionist by moving forward in our product launch. If we don't, then then we will fail, because it will never get off the ground!
This week, how can you challenge your perfectionism bone just a little? I'd love to hear!
By the way, I'm working on something super secret that I am DYING to share with you (SOON!)
Until then, to being imperfect (and loving it),