Perfectionism is one of the major obstacles that holds me back from doing my best work.
That ‘all-or-nothing’ mentality – where conditions have to be just right for me to get on.
For example, on Monday morning I was double-booked, and I had let it bother me all weekend.
Perfectionism was telling me that I could only do one or the other if wanted to do my best work.
But which client matters the most? Both clients are important. I didn’t want to delay any of the work, and I knew it would be difficult to find another suitable time.
The solution was found in the grey.
I started one meeting on time, and pushed the other back 15 mins.
In the end, both clients got to spend time with me and I was pleased with my work.
It sounds simple, and I know that I’m not the only one that struggles with perfectionism.
Perfectionism holds us back from doing our best work, because
perfectionism protects us from failure, and
from being judged, but
to produce anything at all
we have to be prepared to fail, and
to take risks.
If we wait for the perfect conditions,
we’ll never produce anything.
And to be great, we have to produce.
Perfectionism is fear, rationalisation, self-doubt, victimhood, and drama. It’s what Steven Pressfield calls ‘Resistance’.
Do your work in the grey.