New Years Mindset Makeover: Part 2 of 2: Punch Out Perfectionism!
“Perfectionism./ per-fek-shun-ism. n. A set of beliefs, feelings and behaviors aimed at excessively high and unattainable goals.”
Are you a victim of the Big Hairy Mindset Monster – self-sabotage?
Sometimes, even when we know better, our old critical self-talk tapes start replaying in our heads. Then we’re stuck in a continuous loop of negative thinking that leads to negative actions that create negative results that lead to negative thinking… on and on!
There are many self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors. In this 2-part mindset series, we’re looking at the 2 biggies! Last week’s article was how to overcome the plague of procrastination.
This week, let’s punch out perfectionism – now and forever!
Punch Out Perfectionism!
“Hi, I’m Donna and I’m a recovering perfectionist!” (There should be a 12-step program for double Virgos!)
One of the hardest things for me to do is finish something, be okay with it and be done with it.
Perfectionism has a lot in common with procrastination. Both are fear-based – fear of making a mistake or fear of rejection, for example. Here’s where they differ:
Procrastination is about not starting something and perfectionism is about not finishing!
Are you a victim of Perfection Paralysis when it comes to marketing your wellness business? Do you get an idea and start working on it, work on it some more, and then more – and it never gets finished?
If I had waited until everything was perfect before moving forward with The Prosperous Practice, we wouldn’t be here now.But I got over myself and became an imperfectionist!
Here’s a simple 3-step system to become an imperfectionist:
1. Make a short to-do list of 3 projects that will help your business grow, in order of importance.
Examples: Reconnect with former clients, start an ezine, create a special offer, redesign your business card. Then choose the #1 Project from your list.
See how simple? List 3 things and pick just one thing! (Don’t worry – you will soon have opportunities to use all your brilliant ideas!)
2. Make another short list of 3-5 tasks for your project. Then do those things, one at a time! Easy, right?
For example, if your project is to reconnect with former clients, these would be your 3 main tasks: [LINK-Welcome Back
1. List all of your former clients.
2. Compose and send an invitation to return with a special offer.
3. Follow up with phone calls and watch the appointments stack up!
BROWNIE POINTS: Write and memorize a phone call script so you’re not winging it on each call.
Step #3. Set a timer for 30 minutes to work on your project, with no distractions. In a perfectionist’s world, this would be at the same time every day, but if that’s not possible, schedule it wherever it fits. (Remember – no such thing as perfection!)
Voila! One project completed – or at least started. If you can’t complete a task in 30 minutes, that’s ok. Just go back to it every day until the whole project is imperfectly complete!
BROWNIE POINTS: Turn off your phone during your 30-minute task session!
Celebrate the completion of each 30-minute work session with a little reward! How will you reward yourself? My personal favorites are chocolate for the small tasks and a beach swim (or a trip to Europe!) for completed projects.
This is not a one-time task that you complete and walk away from. Working on your business growth projects should be scheduled into your daily routine. Put it on your calendar – an appointment with your business as the client! Every time you complete the top project on your list, cross it off and add another project to the bottom of the list. Rinse and repeat! This is how you succeed in your marketing! Keep repeating the 3 simple steps to punch out perfectionism:
- Maintain a list of your top 3 projects.
- Break down the #1 project into 3-5 tasks.(Yep, even on weekends!)
- Set a timer for 30-minute daily task sessions.
As you progress through your career and your life, continue to identify and break through the self-doubt and limiting beliefs that stand between you and success. It all starts with a decision to change your mindset – to think better, act better and succeed better!