I have come to notice a major difference between winners and losers, the greats and the average, the fulfilled and the unfulfilled...it's knowing the fine line between perfectionism and execution for excellence.
You can show up for your craft every day trying to be so perfect that you avoid the risks that can support you in upleveling.
Perfectionism is not just some buzz word, it is synonymous with the cognitive distortion called 'All or Nothing' whereby grey area does not exist.
You may be thinking about the incredible people who have appeared to be perfect on their journey to excellence, maybe athletes you think have never slipped up or business owners you think have always made the best decisions.
Truthfully though, your potential cannot be met if you are unable to make clear decisions, take a leap of faith, try new things, address obstacles, and in reality take responsibility for yourself and your life.
The problem is not that YOU are a perfectionist. The problem is that YOU have chosen to subscribe to the fallacy that perfectionism is discipline, hard work, and commitment to being the best.
But what if you asked yourself what this mentality is costing you?
Sure, it may be more beneficial to take awhile to make a decision even if it means losing your shot at an opportunity because 'at least then it will be the best choice', or maybe it feels more beneficial to play it safe with what has 'always worked'.
Now imagine a business you love or admire or use daily. Even just consider the business of groceries. If they had stopped when it was 'perfectly fine as is' they would have either been eaten alive by some bigger monster or they would have failed to provide and give more on a local and global scale.
When you strive for perfection, you impede greatness. Not because you don't want to be great but because the thought of not being great for even a moment feels unfathomably more crushing than the potential of overcoming the weight of this better than ever.
If you find yourself with the all or nothing mentality, identify how it has served you and how it is no longer serving you. Then let's begin exploring ways we can transform the distortion and tap into far greater (and more empowering) ways of pursuing greatness.
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