If you've ever sat down and dreamt about your business, I'm going to guess that one of those dreams is building the perfect business.
Well, I hate to break it to you, BUT, your business will NEVER be perfect. Here's the good news - that's OKAY.
See, oftentimes, good is good enough.
I know building the perfect business that does everything exactly the way you want it to and brings in exactly the right amount of money and has all the right employees sounds great, but sometimes we have to work with what we've got and realize that good is good enough. You don't have to strive to have a perfect business, but you do have to strive to have a good business that runs well, brings in money like it should, and operates with or without you.
A lot of people suffer from perfectionism.
It's okay to be a perfectionist, as long as it doesn't stifle your ability to follow through on things and move forward. I've watched so many people over the years get stuck in a rut because they think that everything has to be perfect before moving forward. They continue to sit in the same place, spinning their wheels when, in reality, if they just took the next step, everything would be fine.
Their perfectionism paralyzes them and prevents them from moving forward in business and, a lot of times, life.
I know that it's scary to take the next step when everything isn't perfectly in place, but a lot of times that's the only way to continue moving in a forward motion.
Here's a good example…
When I first started out investing in real estate, my business partner and I didn't really have a "system" in place before we started pounding the pavement trying to get deals. We were sort of flying by the seat of our pants at the time and, yeah, it was a little bit scary, but it was what we had to do and we learned as we went. Once we started getting deals, we started to develop more of a system but it was just the beginning and we didn't know it at the time, but there was much more to come.
When we started getting busier, but not so busy that we couldn't handle everything ourselves, we hired an office assistant. Sure, we could have continued to do it all ourselves, but we had the feeling that there would come a time when we would really need an office assistant. We were hoping that it would be sooner rather than later, but we weren't exactly sure. It was a risk, but we hired her anyways and it was one of the best decisions that we could have made. Hiring an office assistant freed up a lot of our time so we could focus on revenue producing activities and continue to perfect our systems. If we hadn't hired her when we did, I am sure that our company would not have grown as quickly as it did. Hiring her before the conditions were perfect was risky, but it had a hugely positive affect on the future of our business.
My point is that you don't need things to be perfect and you don't need to be totally comfortable with where you're at before taking the next step in business. If you wait for the situation to be perfect, odds are you'll probably always be waiting.
I've known people who have been trying to "get things into place" for years. They still haven't done a deal, they still haven't taken the next step because they're waiting for conditions to be perfect.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to be prepared before taking the next step, but don't let perfectionism paralyze your business. There's nothing wrong with striving for excellence, but there comes a point in time when you have to realize that good is good enough and continue moving in a forward motion.
I hope this post helps you to continue moving forward toward your goals. Leave a comment below and let me know if you've ever been stifled by perfectionism and what you did to overcome it.