This week I want to talk to you about a topic that has been coming up a ton lately with the women I coach. This is the idea that “done is better than perfect”. I want to talk about how to drop the need for perfection and just get moving anyway, which will make all the difference in your business, your content, and your success.
The ability to put content out and make decisions even when it doesn’t feel PERFECT also seems to be one of the things that really separates those that end up finding success + flow and those that end up just burning out. All too often we want to make sure EVERY move we make in our business is PERFECT, and it ends up causing us major stress, keeps us from moving forward, and keeps success + visibility just out of reach.
So let’s talk about how you can incorporate this into your business:
1. Get In The Right Mindset
When I think about developing a “done is better than perfect” mindset I like to think about the quote on healthy eating that says “One bad meal won’t make you fat, and one good meal won’t make you lean”. It’s the same way in our business…one move that’s less than perfect won’t make you a failure just like one move that IS perfect won’t make you a success.
It’s putting all of those little moves (or meals) together over a period of time that will allow you to see results. If you have a couple of flops (or pieces of cake) along the way it will simply be part of your journey, not a guarantee of failure.
One of my favorite affirmations on this topic is below!
2. Set A Timer
A “done is better than perfect” stance in your business doesn’t mean you aren’t putting out great information and amazing content. It simply means that you’re giving yourself a pass to not be “perfect” when you do it. You’re taking a stand against letting the idea of perfection stop you dead in your tracks.
This stand can COMPLETELY transform the content you put out, and ultimately your entire business.
One way I do this in my business is by setting timers for producing content. I give myself set time intervals to create Facebook posts, newsletters, etc. Then I roll with what I have. I don’t stress and edit and freak out until it’s perfect. I know that I put in a reasonable amount of time and then I hit “post”! No ifs, ands, or buts about it.
This not only helps me be more productive and efficient but it forces me to pass on perfection. THEN when I get amazing feedback on those posts that I thought were LESS than perfect I get to form new beliefs that perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
3. Get A Biz Bestie/Accountability Partner
An amazing trick to let go of the perfection mindset is to get a biz bestie or an accountability buddy to run your content by before putting it out.
I don’t typically encourage looking outside ourselves for validation, but in this case I think it can be a helpful stopgap to get us in the habit/mindset of seeing that our “less than perfect” work is actually pretty amazing.
When I’m feeling some nervousness about a vulnerable post or specific piece of content I send it to my biz bestie first and she’ll give me her support and feedback. This helps me breath, release my need for perfection, and to feel super supported in putting out my truth.
Now, I’d love to hear from you. Comment below and tell me how perfection has impacted you in your business, and what tips you’re going to use to get into the “done is better than perfect” mindset, so you can start moving forward and getting seriously visible in 2016!