Why is expecting perfection a problem?
- Procrastination: If you’re focused on doing a job perfectly, you’ll be tempted to put it off if you feel that you don’t have time to complete it to the highest standard. This halts progress and prevents small steps being made towards completing the final product.
- Blame: When problems arise, you may be more inclined to quickly point a finger at a colleague than to approach mistakes maturely. Perfection is unattainable and in this environment even small issues can become major roadblocks to success.
- Competition: Striving for perfection can cause teammates to work against each other. While a little competition can be healthy, a competitive atmosphere born from the pursuit of perfection is ultimately damaging to workplace relationships.
- Control: Perfectionism can foster an inability to delegate if you feel that no one else will be able to complete the job to your standards. Rather than placing trust in your colleagues or employees, you may hold on to unnecessary tasks and inadvertently stall progress.
Change the focus to accountability
- Honesty: Without the expectation of perfection, you’ll feel more comfortable owning up to mistakes without fear of looking foolish or incompetent. Honesty allows for mistakes to be rectified and forgiven.
- Support: When negative competition is eliminated, understanding and support can develop within your team. We strongly believe that positive relationships in the workplace are essential to success.
- Progress: Giving up the need for perfection will allow you to make progress on the tasks you have been putting off. Remember, doing 80% of a job today is better than doing nothing for two weeks until you’ll be able to complete the whole task.
- Growth: When you’re focused on perfection, you’ll struggle to move towards your long-term goals. Growing your business is all about taking small steps and building momentum towards success.