BMW vs Rolls Royce
Most procrastinators I’ve met, including me, have perfectionistic tendencies.
These are often unrealistic targets or expectations that are set and often borne from a fear of not being good enough or worrying what others think.
The reality is that people don’t know the difference between great and perfect, because perfect is a self-imposed ideal and everyone’s perception of it is different.
From a client perspective, so long as the task is carried out or the problem is solved to an great standard, that’s ok - they’ll be delighted with the result.
The key to overcoming perfectionism is learning to accept that great is good enough.
An analogy I love and often use is BMW versus Rolls Royce!
Procrastinators often strive for a Rolls Royce outcome, when in fact a BMW outcome is just as good and what the client is expecting (and has usually paid for).
The effort of going from BMW to Rolls Royce is not worth the return as the additional time, stress and cost doesn't give the client additional benefits.
Clients won’t pay for the extra 2 or 3 hours that were spent either tweaking the shade of yellow in a graph, debating the font used in a report or the seventh attempt of drafting an email to ensure it was word perfect.
Clients want value… not perfection… and BMW is great value (unless of course a Rolls Royce service has been paid for).
If there’s anything procrastinators hate, it’s failure… so my challenge to you, is to focus on one perfectionistic habit or task and make it your mission to achieve great, instead of perfection.
It won’t happen overnight and will take practice and patience, but once you master this shift you’ll be amazed at the extra time you save and how much more productive and stress free you’ll be.
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