Controversial opinion: the concept of perfectionism isn’t real!
In this weeks episode I dive into what ‘perfectionism’ actually masks and why the mantra ‘done is better than perfect’ helps my clients achieve incredible results.
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Hello from La Salidita, Mexico. This is the last episode I’m going to be recording here. We’ve spent a another beautiful month on the beach right in front of world class longboard waves, growing the business, having client calls, and really inspiring the community to think bigger and do the same.
My Core Mantra And Why It Matters
As an online business coach, I’ve witnessed my clients achieve incredible things, and I’m always proud of their accomplishments. Recently, one of my private coaching clients hit her first ever five-figure month, and it’s only the second week of April! The most amazing part is that we only started working together on January 1st.
This achievement got me thinking about the core mantra that I’ve been repeating for years, and that is “Done is better than perfect.” This mantra is a fundamental principle in all of our programs, and it has helped my clients and me become better business owners.
The idea of “Done is better than perfect” is about pushing ourselves beyond our limits and proving that we can achieve things that seem impossible. It’s about focusing on progress and taking action rather than getting caught up in the pursuit of perfectionism, which can hold us back.
By living by this mantra, we free ourselves from the constraints of perfectionism and allow ourselves to take risks, learn from our mistakes, and ultimately, grow our businesses. So, the next time you find yourself getting bogged down by perfectionism, remember that “Done is better than perfect,” and take action towards achieving your goals.
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The Concept Of Perfectionism Doesn’t Exist
In my experience as a business owner and mentor, I don’t believe the concept of perfectionism is real. Often, when clients tell me they’re perfectionists, it’s a disguise for fear – fear of being judged or wrong, fear of receiving negative feedback, fear of failure. This fear is what triggers the desire for perfectionism and holds them back from taking necessary actions to improve their business.
Identifying as a perfectionist can hold you back from getting things done because you’re always thinking there’s something better you could be doing. This can prevent you from starting an online business for years because you’re searching for the perfect business idea or name, which doesn’t exist. Perfectionism is like an imaginary standard that’s never achievable, and it’s a fear of putting yourself out there that holds you back.
For example, spending a lot of time crafting the perfect email or website is not about the content itself, but about the fear of rejection or being perceived as unprofessional. The fear of launching is also a common trigger for perfectionism, with clients seeking the perfect strategy to ensure success. However, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for everyone, and the perfect strategy for you can only be discovered by taking action and learning from your experiences.
As an entrepreneur, it’s natural to want everything to be perfect when starting a new project. However, as I learned from my own experience, perfectionism can hinder your progress and prevent you from achieving your goals.
My Journey with Perfectionism
When I first started my Wonderlover Podcast, I had an entire script written out for my first episode. But when I started recording, I stumbled over my words and couldn’t even read the script properly. I wanted to make it sound casual, but my attempts to do so by adding filler words just made it worse. In the end, it took so much time to edit out the filler words, and it wasn’t sustainable.
I realized that while scripts might work for other people, it just didn’t work for me. So, I decided to speak off the cuff, have main bullet points, and embrace the filler words. This made my episodes more casual, and my audience appreciated the guidance that felt like it came from an older sister or friend.
Before I started recording, I felt pressured to be perfect in my delivery and execution. I thought I needed a perfect script, a fancy microphone, and the right moment to get started. However, I learned that done is better than perfect. I could have waited for the perfect moment, but I wouldn’t have gained the experience that comes from doing.
In the end, I decided to just start recording and sharing my message, and it has been a fulfilling journey ever since.
Practice Is The Only Way To Perfect
As entrepreneurs, we often strive for perfection in our businesses. We want everything to be flawless and without mistakes, but the truth is that immediate perfection is impossible . The only way to improve and grow is through practice and making mistakes.
This same concept applies to learning a new language. You can read textbooks, take language classes, and do Duolingo exercises, but if you don’t actually speak the language and make mistakes, you’ll never truly become fluent. It’s only by putting yourself out there and having conversations, even if they’re imperfect, that you’ll make progress.
I’ve noticed this firsthand while traveling and meeting people who are learning English or Spanish. Those who are eager to speak, even if their language skills aren’t perfect, tend to progress much faster than those who are too afraid to make mistakes. The fear of being misunderstood or ridiculed can hold us back, but we need to push past it and embrace the learning process.
As someone who was once an overachiever in school, I understand the fear of making mistakes all too well. In language classes, we were often penalized for any grammatical errors we made. But in the real world, no one is grading us on our language skills. The most important thing is that we communicate effectively and understand each other.
So, whether you’re learning a new language or building a business, remember that progress is more important than perfection. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and put yourself out there. With practice and persistence, you’ll improve and achieve your goals.
To Finish Up
If you resonate with this podcast episode and can relate to the fact that fear has been holding you back from taking action towards starting your online business, making money, or doing something you love, then I encourage you to sign up for the Business Academy. We can provide guidance, support, community, and actionable steps every week to help you move through your fears and achieve your goals.
If you enjoyed this episode, please share it on Instagram and tag me at the Wanderlover or the Wanderlover Podcast. I truly hope that you adopt this mindset as one of your fundamental mantras to live by: done is better than perfect. I’ll end this episode imperfectly, but that’s okay. The lesson we can all take away is to just do it, get it done, and hit share.
Stay tuned for the next episode where I’ll be recording from Puerto Escondido in Oaxaca Mexico. Sending love to you all.
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