Perfect or Great?

I wonder how many books on procrastination have had to be written because of one line in the book Good to Great… “good is the enemy of great.”

I believe in doing things well but sometimes we confuse the word great with the word perfection. Many things require things to be done great or well, but not perfect. If you are a surgeon, I want perfection. If you are my mechanic, great or well is sufficient. I want the parts installed correctly and I want the bolts torque to specification, but I don’t care if the slot in the screws all line up so they are visually pleasing. If you own a $100,000 collector car, you want things done to perfection, not done great or well.

When we feel we have to do things perfect, it slows us down. We take more time to make sure it is perfect. We may be so concerned about making it perfect that we keep finding reasons why we don’t start working on it. So, when you are feeling that something has to be perfect, re-evaluate. Does it need to be perfect, or is great or well sufficient?

Another thing to remember is if we working on something with total perfection, and there is no need for it to be perfect, we are being inefficient. Being inefficient means that something else is either not getting done, or you are working more hours than is truly required of you.

So if you are perfectionist, I want you to evaluate why you are a perfectionist. Is it because what you do requires it, or because you have made that self-imposed demand on yourself? How does your perfectionism impacting your life balance? How does it impact your budget? Yes, I said budget. Perfectionists usually have a hard time doing a household budget because the fear of not doing it perfect prevents them from starting!

So stop being perfect and start being great. Go make something great happen this week.

You have a choice, and the choice is yours.

Bryan Cooper

My Financial Life Coach, LLC

Delaware, Ohio  43015

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