Nobody’s perfect, right?
We’ve all been there. We’re working on a project and have made some great strides towards its completion. We have pursued perfection, done our final review and final revisions, add the final touches and – voila! Yes, we are ready to launch it!
The only problem is – well, we don’t!
Maybe we can just reword this one area. Maybe we can add another dimension to it over here. Or wait! Let’s find some different pictures to augment it. Or… maybe we should add video.
Let’s face it. Everything in life is a work in progress.
Nothing is ever set in stone, whether it is a business plan, a budget, or a project for your business. Personally, I can look at something I have written and see a way to reword it every time I read it. If I continually reviewed and rewrote everything I have ever written, I would never have completed anything.
So, you do what you can, capture the best of what it is that you are looking to present, and run with it. If you don’t, you will never finish anything.
Why do we do this?
Well, there are likely a score of different reasons, but mostly they boil down to one thing: Fear.
• Fear of being judged
• Fear of failure, and its alter-ego
• Fear of success
After all, if we never complete our project, we can’t fail with what was produced.
We disguise this procrastination as pursing perfection. But of course, nothing and no one is ever perfect. Therefore, we just go round and round, doing ‘busy work’ and never accomplishing our goals.
Stop being paralyzed by your procrastination. Take control of your fears and charge ahead. Remember that for every critic you might get for your efforts, you are likely to gain many more advocates.
One way to overcome this paralysis is to make lists. I’m a big fan of making lists. At the end of each day, try making a list of things that you want to accomplish the next day. Prioritize this list, and then start by tackling the top priority the next morning. Work your way through as many of the items as you can and at the end of the day, transfer those items that were not completed to your new list for the next day. Understand that sometimes things will come up unexpectedly that may take precedence over your list, but don’t lose sight of your targets.
There are several benefits to you for making these lists. First of all, you will get a real sense of accomplishment when you see items being completed. Secondly, the list will keep you focused on your priorities and goals. Third, you will forget about the whole procrastination thing. And fourth, you will be making huge progress toward achieving success in your business.
So why not give it a try? Try it for a week. I’ll make you a bet that you will be pleasantly surprised at just how much you can accomplish once you release that ball and chain of pursing perfection!
Have you experienced this? Let us know what helped you overcome the paralysis.
Until next time…
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