How many hats do you wear?
Ok, I know you are not actually wearing all of these hats but they do represent the number of skills that you need to successfully take your business to the next level. You need to be an expert in everything!
At some point you will discover that you simply can’t continue to do it all yourself. Something has to give! Outsourcing one or two (or even all) of your hats will free up your time and energy for an abundance of other things including actually doing some revenue building work – now wouldn’t that be nice?
The first hat I took off in my business was my graphic design and website building hat. What a relief that was! I slowly continued to remove other hats until I was only left with work that I wanted to do – that is what being a #Thousandaire is all about after all!
I would love to know what hats you have taken off and how you got on without them?
I’ve been spending time recently reflecting on my previous blog about overcoming perfectionism and I have realised that perfectionism is time-consuming.
It eats away at our time with a pretence of helping us to produce a perfect piece of work – if that is even possible?
Yes, we all want to produce good quality work, but we need to also ask ourselves a few key questions:
- Can your clients afford to wait? What are their expectations?
- Can you afford to spend the time perfecting something when new projects, clients and products are calling for your attention?
- Do we spend so long perfecting one thing that the results are missed opportunities, tight deadlines, and stress?
I believe that we need to be more natural with the work we are doing.
Look at the natural world around you – even the pot plant on your desk – everything is in a permanent cycle of creation, growth, death and rebirth and crucially, nothing stays still. Life is characteristically a little messy and unpredictable. Nature never worries about perfection and neither should we.
That doesn’t mean we don’t work hard, or aspire to put our best foot forward at all times, but we should be kind to ourselves, and nurture our nature.
When is good good enough for you? What holds up your projects? Do you hang onto pieces of work because they’re ‘not quite there yet’?
I heard a piece of advice recently, which was useful, if a little bit hard to swallow for a perfectionist like me: it’s ok to be ‘good enough’.
Moving your business forward requires agility, courage and the ability to launch your projects and ventures when the time is right – not when everything has been perfected.
The truth, painful as it is for perfectionists, is that you can’t be perfect. You can’t. Impossible. Sorry. In fact, if you’re doing something for the first time, which means you’re taking a leap into the unknown, your best efforts might not be that great at all. How could they be, when you don’t have any experience of what a success might even look like?
True innovation means you give your projects your best shot, and accept that until you release them into the wild (because that’s how it feels sometimes!) and see how they fare, you’re in the dark. And if the results are less than perfect, you don’t waste time beating yourself up. Just accept that you are where you’re at, you’re doing your best and you’re learning all the time – which means you’re now in a position to keep improving.
When you’re running a micro business you can’t be an expert in everything, and you probably can’t afford to hire experts to do everything either, so you’re on a learning curve.
So get on with that learning, and let go of the idea that you have to be great at everything the first time round. You can’t afford to hold up your business progress by holding off on progress until you think your projects are ‘perfect’.
I would love to hear your thoughts on how to overcome perfectionism…..