Are you making progress in getting the business you need to have the life you want, or do your figures show that you’re standing still and not getting where you want to be? A business can sometimes be said to be a reflection of the owner, so if you’re a perfectionist, things may look great from the outside, but how is it on the inside? Is the perfectionist trait holding back growth of the business and development of the team?
A definition of a perfectionist is a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection. Perfectionism is a personality trait characterised by ‘a persons striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards’ along with ‘overly critical self –evaluations and concerns regarding other’s evaluations’.
So, are you a perfectionist?
1. There’s no room for mistakes – You see a mistake and you jump on it
2. You have a very specific manner in which things should be done – This makes it difficult for you to work with other people and for other people to work with you
3. You have an all or nothing approach – Either it’s done well or not at all
4. It’s all about the end result – How the result is achieved doesn’t matter, achieving the goal is the only thing that matters
5. You are extremely hard on yourself – Whenever something goes wrong you beat yourself up over it and you feel bad about it for a long time
6. You have extremely high standards – Your standards and targets are high and so much so that you may be held back by them as fear of non achievement may make you stop working on them
7. Now is never the right time to do the work – You procrastinate because you want to do the work at the right time when you can give it your best, but the right time never seems to come.
Being a perfectionist has upsides, but in running your business it can have a lot of downsides too – it may mean that getting the business you need to have the life you want is going to be tough, but not impossible. In a later blog I’ll look at ways that you can overcome perfectionism.