Happy Thursday everyone,
Big Question- Are you someone who endlessly tweaks your creations trying to perfect them, and has a hard time getting them into the world?
I can relate, actually we can relate as people, as a company, and being elite professional athletic entertainers there is hope! Believe me your just a few steps away from getting stuff done.
We are people with high standards, we are people who care deeply about the quality life, and of the goods and services we build and produce. It does not matter if it is us entertaining crowds with our skating, our coaching, our businesses, or our child’s upbringing we are intimately familiar with the alluring pull to keep fine-tuning and polishing what ever it is into oblivion.
Trust us we do know from years of experience and pushing through this power of the perfection seduction system and getting us to the other side. There are so many possibilities when we get through.
However, perfectionism is an gradual trap that can grind your output in anything you do to a halt and suffocate your soul — if you let it stay in your process.
Which is why we are excited to start to answer the topic on this question when we were asked to explain in today’s words about figuring out when enough is enough. How do you get Perfectionism out of your process? When do you let go? When do you know people appreciate your product?
In other words, how do you know when your work is ready for public consumption? While there’s no set formula, there is a simple mantra that saves us from endless tweaking — every time.
What is that mantra? Read on!
“Go for Progress not Perfection.”
Note: If ‘high standards’ are your justification for perpetual polishing, you’ll be happy to know that using this mantra does not equate to sub par work. Not one bit!
Perfection gets the best of us every time because in my opinion we all have a different idea of perfection. Your view of perfection and my view of perfection can be very different and this is one of the reasons to take action and hit publish, or get your product or service out there for the people meet and fall in love with.
Our instinct and intent for perfection on a human level is to be a good thing but it does not mean it works well in our system. So much added stress is brought onto us internally, and we also allow persuasion of the general population to manipulate our own perception of perfection. Steve Jobs pushed the limits of perfection every time and making illusions of grandure with his vision of perfection and failed many times. But saying that he knew that there was a way to make the most sophisticated things become clean and simple which we know today as APPLE.
“Simplicity is the Ultimate Sophistication”
In your daily life begin to dismantle the paralyzing pursuit of perfection and train yourself to produce efficiently, directly with a vision and consistent message to make the process more swiftly and joyfully. Most importantly, it’ll help you stay rooted in a growth mindset.
Keep yourself in a growth orientated mindset where you are focused on learning, and experimentation, and getting better and putting stuff out there for people to gravitate to. Now I am not telling you to put crap out there into the world, because a we should never build a mediocre business, product, or service but what I am saying you need to work really hard and always build your very best product and service. But for all that endless tweaking we do, it is a manifestation of procrastination and fear blended together. Be relentless and be real with yourself get stuff done and get it out there.
You may be really embarrassed with your first products, your first time out to the stage because you know you could do better. Remember this-
“If you are not embarrassed by your version of your product you have launched too late.”
You know there needs to be a moment when you say now is the time, I am going to suck it up and push forward and get it out there, and I can even say it is pretty embarrassing sometimes. But I am relentless in living what I preach passing the movement to my students, to my daughter, to my business and you should be too. Be relentless and never stop yourself from getting it out there. Your going to update, evolve and change your product anyway. It is really important to know that evolutions is huge process in life. Just learn, grow, live it, and share it!
“If you wait to get it perfect you will never get it out there!”
You are coded with genius! You need to believe it! Don’t forget it!
The greatest barrier to the depth of your contribution in anything you do is believing the voice in your head that says, “It’s not good enough yet.”
Remember use the mantra “Progression not Perfection” and free yourself from the prison of perfectionism.
Got a big Papa Bear hug to give you all so take it, embrace it, and pass it on.
P.S. Got a friend, client or colleague who’s procrastinating due to perfectionism? Or just doesn’t get stuff done? Forward this post. It just might help them reset their heart and make more art with ease.