Can Perfectionism Damage Your Business?

Placing high value on your work is a great idea. We'd probably all agree wholeheartedly on that, but sometimes, we can take high value and make it an all or nothing game. Sometimes, we set goals that are unattainable in that moment or even have expectations (that are great) but maybe aren't quite realistic yet. However, when we don't achieve this, we get down on ourselves and can feel like failures. It's not a bad thing to be driven and motivated, in fact, in the business of entrepreneurs, it's essential. When perfectionism rather than clear cut vision is the driving force behind our business vehicle, the result can be a bit disastrous. Smart and talented businesspeople can suffer at perfection's hand when it gets out of control so we've put together some ways to avoid it yet still produce excellent, high quality work.

Here are 5 ways to avoid perfectionism from seeping into your work space and wrecking havoc on your business.

Accountability: Every person should have that "go to" person that they can bounce ideas off of and get advice from. This is particularly important when it comes to managing you business. With all the logistics and ideas that often come with small businesses, it can even be overwhelming for the most seasoned veterans, so don't get down on yourself if you're feeling the pressure. Look for an accountability partner to help you wade through different issues and decisions. They will help keep you on track and may have a different and valuable perspective.

Reset: Take time away from work. This can be super hard, especially if you're a one man/woman show at the moment, but just remember- you can't perform at your optimal level if you're completely worn out. Take time for yourself and you'll be able to get even more accomplished. 

Review: Go through your work, deals, various projects, etcetera and see what is working and what's not. Evaluate and look for better ways to get more done. Go through what your goals and expectations were and see if they were met. If they weren't, think about why they weren't met and see if the bar was too high for that particular goal. If it wasn't too lofty of a goal, then consider what might work better next time and how you can rework it to make it more attainable.

Relax: Give yourself grace and lots of it! It's ok to mess up, there's always tomorrow and there's usually going to be another chance to make it right. We all want to put forth our best effort but sometimes it's going to fall short and it's really important to be ok with that.

Enjoy Your Work: Have fun! You're an entrepreneur because you love what you do. Don't let the pressure get to you so much that you miss out on all the perks of owning your own business. You're right where you're supposed to be and you're doing great.