We are taught from an early age that if we work hard enough we can achieve whatever we want.
However, if you consistently set the bar too high for yourself and your inner critic comes on way too strong, then it could be doing more harm than good for your business.
There are two kinds of perfectionists, the first type strives to achieve greatness but doesn’t really obsess over it or let it affect their happiness. The second type, links their happiness to their goals, and they are often impossible goals.
When you have a constant need for perfection, it can take a toll on your career.
So how do you know if your perfectionism is helping or hurting your business?
- Does it take you a long time to complete tasks? If you are a devoted perfectionist, it’s likely that you focus on every little detail, taking longer than most to complete assignments. Every business leader knows, time is money, successful people focus on getting the work done and know that excellent work doesn’t mean perfecting every little detail or revisiting completed work.
- Are you working more than necessary? Quite often perfectionists will put in hours upon hours, tweaking and re-tweaking their work. This will only leave you exhausted without any additional recognition from your customer. You should be concentrating not on “perfect” work but rather skillful work that is completed by the appropriate deadline.
- Do you know it all? Perfectionists have the need to be the one with all the answers, while successful business leaders know it’s not about having all the answers but finding them. By taking a step back and asking more questions will get you further.
- Having trouble making decisions? As we all know, successful business owners need to make judgment calls every day and rather quickly, but perfectionists tend to prolong decisions because they don’t want to risk it not being the best way to get things done. When it comes to a fast moving situation, you need to remain quick and adaptable for the circumstances instead of just focusing on solving a problem the first time around.
So, when you find yourself obsessing over all the details that it stops you from completing your work, ask yourself if this is really benefitting you. What are you gaining from being a perfectionist?
There are so many understandable reasons in today’s business environment for us to want to achieve outstanding results and produce the very best work we are capable of.
But, remember in a world that is so fast moving and ground breaking, the ones who are able to adapt are the ones who are most successful.
Do you always strive for perfection with your decisions?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available iDO youn Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy