If your one of the many that were raised like me you may find yourself in a battle between good and perfect. I was always taught to perform tasks to the best of my ability and make it as perfect as possible….I learned to take pride in achieving perfection. The battle between good and perfect can be a real concern in business.
Here is the flaw with perfect….sometimes working to make something perfect inhibits your ability to execute in a timely manner whereby affecting the final outcome anyway. It doesn’t always pay off to stare at something your working on and mull it over for days, it would be better to lay out the facts, make a decision based upon what you know and move forward. You at the very least are making forward progress by completing a task and moving on to the next project.
Often times it has been proven that those little differences we see between good and perfect are never noticed by those that are viewing our work anyway. Also, the perception of perfection is in the eye of the viewer, therefore perfection is very difficult to truly achieve….because who knows what perfect is anyway?
So, to all of you out there in the business world with your long list of things to do that keeps getting longer because you just don’t have the time to devote to doing it the way you think it should be done….try this…pick one or two projects from your list and delegate those to someone you feel confident can carry out the task. Let them know what you are wanting to achieve when all is said and done and let them see the task to completion. You may just be surprised at what ideas others can bring to the table. More importantly you are completing things and this allows you to move on to the next item on your to do list.
There is a balance between good and perfect, we just have to work on finding it.