Ever hold off on launching your website because you are just not crazy about the font size or accent colors that your graphic designer has selected for you?
Have you paused on hitting publish on a blog post because you just need one more person to reassure you it is good?
Have you ever avoided a networking event because you haven't gotten your business cards printed yet or had time to craft a killer "what I do" statement?
If so, my friend, you might be struggling with perfectionism - the killer of entrepreneurial dreams and potential.
It is NOT:
There's lots of ways that perfectionism shows up:
The root word for perfect is actually from the Latin 'perfectus' - meaning completed.
When it comes to business, perfection isn't as important as progress. You'll never know exactly what your ideal clients want until you show up at the networking events (with or without your business card) or hit publish on your website and analyze your results.
So if you really want to be perfect - just do it and get it done. And then let the market inform you of what they like and don't like. Make the statement, "Success not perfection" a mantra that you repeat over and over again until you believe it.
There are people who have been in business longer than you have and are more successful. You may look at their websites, podcast or YouTube channels and following and feel shame that you're not where they are.
But you are missing out on all the years it took them to get to where they are. You weren't in their offices as they struggled to figure out how to grow their list and what it took for them to get to the point where they can hire experts to help them with all the facets of their business.
You will not achieve what you want with your business if you don't invest the hours, time and sweat equity into growing your marketing and business development skillsets and tools. You're building a consulting and coaching practice - not a perfect. So you gotta take the time and get the courage to grow some skills that you might have gone to school for or have a lot of experience in.
Being in your head is the opposite of the peace you are looking for with your business. It may be challenging to dig deep to discover your purpose and your marketable expertise and learn how to language all of this on a website and in marketing copy. But it is also fun.
It's validating and exciting to get an idea out of your head and manifested in a way that attracts and serves the people you are on this earth to help. While writing blog posts or doing videos might be out of your comfort zone, it is also a way to express the ideas you have had for years.
You can look at all of this as a chore of something you have to get through in order to do the work you want - or you can find the joy in the creative endeavor. It's up to you to decide what you want and as importantly, how you go about creating it.
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