Don’t be paralysed by perfection.

Lots of businesses,organisations, teams and people claim 100% success, they have never had a failure and that they are perfect. Do we really believe them or does this claim make us more wary.

If we expect perfection, we are setting ourselves up for a lifetime of frustration, disappointment and failure because let’s be honest, none of us is perfect .

Striving for perfection or worse, insisting on it, costs a fortune in lost productivity, lost sales, lost opportunities, lost sanity and lost creativity.

Don’t confuse having high standards and wanting to be the best with perfectionism. Perfectionism  accelerates doubt and mistrust of oneself when taken to an extreme.  We get so obsessed by  wanting  to make our product, project or process perfect, that we   forget to check whether they offer any significant and commercially worthwhile benefit. We take our eye off why we are in business in the first place to provide a product or service which our customers and clients want to buy. That means producing something of real value, not a paradigm of perfection.

By creating a culture of perfectionism we paralyse our people by giving them impossible targets and expectations. This sets people up to fail; an activity that unfortunately is still very prevalent in a lot of organisations. If nothing they do can ever be good enough and they are constantly reminded of exactly how far they have fallen short every time they will soon become demoralised, de-motivated and determined to find a new job!

Look to your organisation’s strengths, focusing on strengths means we can achieve and are successful not that we are found wanting

Encourage people doing things that make them proud

Encourage your team to ask for help, which is a sign of strength and make sure they get it

Appreciate the work that is done, appreciation helps promote creativity,and growth

Accept that everything can be better or not or it just might be different or OK for now

Look for opportunities rather than opponents

Look for clarity rather than confusion

Look  for collaboration rather than conflict

Look  for success rather than suspicion

Look for what’s good rather than fault

Being in business is about quality, excellence, professionalism. These are admirable goals. But endlessly trying to get things absolutely perfect, is a waste of time – the time our competitors are bringing new products to market.

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