My first career was as an accountant, and I still hold my designation. As an accountant, I like precision. I remember sitting in board meetings and answering questions to the decimal point.
I remember the year that the finance department’s phrase was “good enough.” Was it good enough to make a decision? A tough concept for us accountants to embrace.
Today, I understand that the board members didn’t care about the number to the decimal point. Today, I realize nothing will ever get done if I aim for perfection. Today, I’m so used to posting a blog, social media post, or lead magnate with an error that good enough is enough.
On the wall beside my desk is what I call my command station. On this wall is my “Map” for my goals, a summary of my yearly goals, core values, and theme for the year. My vision board is up, along with my intentions. I also have motivational quotes, thank yous, and other things to motivate me.
One of the quotes on my board is, “Done is better than perfect.” It is a reminder that even if I don’t get everything perfect, it’s0 more important to finish the task/project or post. A reminder that it’s ok to be human.
For me, done is better than perfect doesn’t mean I’m sloppy or I don’t try my best. It means I give myself grace for errors or results that are less than expected. It means it’s better to keep moving forward than stay stuck, trying to be perfect.
I often have to remind my accountability group members, coaching clients, and myself that done is better than perfect. Here are some reasons why done is better than perfect:
Overall, done is better than perfect is a way to set healthy expectations for yourself and others, and it is a way to allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them.
Done is better than perfect allows you to try new things and understand and accept that you are a work in process and you cannot expect to be perfect the first time you do something.
Putting yourself out there is hard, and we do not need to make it harder by expecting ourselves to be perfect.
So go post that blog, stop reaching the best times to post on social media and post, and please tape that video and be ok if your editing is not perfect or you said “um.” The truth is, I’ll forget about the spelling mistake, won’t even notice the grammar error, and won’t care about the video quality, but the content may be what I need to hear.
What will you do today with the idea that done is better than perfect?
Perfectionism is a self-destructive and addictive belief system that fuels the primary thought: if I look perfect and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment and blameBrene Brown
Perfectionism is a self-destructive and addictive belief system that fuels the primary thought: if I look perfect and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment and blame
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