Perfectionism is a trap – don’t let it stop you!

I used to get so hung up on doing things well.  When I first started recording training videos, a couple of years back, it took me SO many takes to get each section right!

It was frustrating and really not the best use of my time.

As we all know, time is our most finite resource.  So in some respect, we could all benefit from getting over the need to be ‘perfect’ and just get things done.

But then, on the other hand, we don’t want to be sloppy either.  None of us were raised to be untidy.  We always spell check our docs – don’t we?

As with so many things, this is about balance.

Actually, the first time I struggled with this was when I self-published my first book.  I had a budget of zero – a nice, round number you might say!  So unable to hire an editor, I absolutely obsessed over my typos.  We all know there are plenty of grammatical errors ​we can make that the spell-checker just won’t pick up on.

After I got my first version of my book on Kindle, of course, I found more than one mistake.  I swear, it happens to the best of us.  But I only know that now.  At the time, I thought I was just the crappiest author!

But with the experience of working with other authors, I’ve seen how many mistakes other people make too – it’s all of us!  It’s just human.

So, how about keeping this in mind with all our endeavors?

Whether we are recording a video that we later edit, or shooting a live stream on social media – little mistakes are not the end of the world.  Sure, we want to do our best, but within the bounds of what is reasonably do-able without driving ourselves insane with worry.

I know so many small business owners right now who would benefit from doing Facebook live broadcasts, for example, but they don’t because they are so afraid they will make a mistake, live, where they can’t go back and edit it.

THIS is the problem.  When the worry stops you from moving forward.  So try this…

Just ask yourself this – what would be the worst that could happen if you did freeze up or say the wrong thing on a Facebook live?

AND would it really be the end of the world?

Lately I’ve become a bit of a one-take wonder when it comes to recording training videos and podcasts.  And yeah sure, some of that has come with practice.  But some of it has come from me relaxing about tiny mistakes.  If I stammer just a little bit over a word, I repeat that word to be clear, but I don’t waste precious time editing something really tiny.

I don’t think this makes me sloppy or lazy.  I think I have just become more discerning about what I spend my time on.  And as a general rule of thumb, if something doesn’t grow your business by doing it, it isn’t worth spending much time on.  A stammered word, left in or edited out, is of little consequence to my business at the end of the day.

So I don’t stress about this stuff anymore.  And as well as saving me time, it’s a really liberating feeling too.  So my recommendation is that you give it a try.  I know it won’t feel natural at first, but start small, and just try.


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