WHY PERFECT IS THE ENEMY OF DONE- Do You Choose the Process or the Procrastination?
"Done is better than perfect" is a credo for all of us who are prone to endlessly tweaking our projects in hope of perfection. We keep refining, touching up, worrying something was missed, testing, retesting, and then testing again. Am i right? The challenge with this is your idea, product or service never goes to market and it’s in the release that we discover what our people (the people who we’re creating for) really want.
The reality is perfection doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion.
This doesn’t mean that we should produce sub-standard products or rush things just to get them done. That’s not the case at all; always strive for excellence, but tinkering with something and never completing it will get you nowhere really fast.
Instead, take the view of mastery. Mastery is all about trying, failing forward and trying again. It comes from a place of love. Love for what you do, whom you do it for.
Perfection, on the other hand, can inhibit you from getting off the gate and comes from a place of fear. Fear of judgment, fear of failure. And the truth is, it’s costly. Spending hours to polish your product to a mirror-shine has an opportunity cost. While you’re trying to make things perfect, you’re taking time away from the things that make a bigger impact.
What’s the solution then?
1. Connect to why you’re creating in the first place
2. Approach your craft from a place of mastery and all your wins and losses will only be better for those you are serving
3. Done isn’t over, you can still develop your craft, your idea, your project and every day you become better than you were the day before.
“Done is better than perfect” is not about coming up with ideas; it’s about believing in them. And having an attitude that compels you to make it happen.
What do you think about perfectionism?