This week I was caught by surprise when somebody I was talking to suggested that being a perfectionist was the same as being a procrastinator.
He explained that the perfectionist is always looking for the perfect time to do something, the perfect image, the perfect wording etc.
Clearly there never is a perfect time
I was quite surprised as I have always felt being a perfectionist is quite a good thing.
But maybe it isn’t …
Having an eye for detail, and correcting mistakes is one thing, but waiting for perfection is something else.
There is no such thing as a perfect anything. Any artist, copywriter, photographer, or indeed any skilled person, will tell you that they could improve on their work. I bet even Leonard Da Vinci believed he could improve the Mona Lisa!
The trick is to learn what can be improved for the next time, rather than having the fear of releasing anything that isn’t perfect out into the world.
Try deciding a date by which something will be completed (an imaginary line in the sand if you like) and then stick to it. No more tweaking, no more seeking opinion – just get it out there.
After all, you don’t want to put off making your business a success, do you?
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