For a very long time, I thought everything had to be perfect. Before I presented a project to a client or to the world via Facebook or Instagram, I wanted it to be absolutely perfect. By perfect I mean 100 percent flawless. Every spelling error needed to be fixed, all the punctuation double checked, all the formatting and grammar had to be perfect.
I quickly had to realize that done is better than perfect. This doesn’t mean I can be lazy. There’s a big difference between imperfection and laziness. But if I don’t follow “Done is better than perfect,” I can get so caught up on perfecting everything that I never finish the project.
I use the high priority, low priority, urgent, not urgent punnett square. I keep this in the back of my mind with each task I assign a team member and every assignment that comes on my plate. My natural tendency is to put everything in the high priority/urgent square. I have to remind myself that some tasks can fall into other categories. Not everything can be done right away. I also have to remind myself to celebrate the small wins.
So, how do I let little moments fuel me?
Celebrate the small wins
As a high strung personality, I want to continuously go, go go, and my tendency is to forget to stop and celebrate. When I have everything in high priority/high importance, I feel anxious. I make every single thing a big deal — every email, text, call feels like it needs to be taken care of immediately. When I think like that, I can’t ever let myself relax.
I have to tell myself, OK, that blog got recorded. I accomplished that task. I need to take 5 minutes and be proud of that instead of moving right on to the next blog and being frustrated that I don’t get 5 blogs recorded.
Letting little moments fuel me means that I am taking time to stop and celebrate success. When I get a blog recorded I’ll listen to my favorite song on the radio before I listen to the next one. (I know I talk about not listening to the radio, but because I’m about halfway through writing my book, I have stopped listening to audiobooks and most business podcasts so I can be truly creative in my own way and not in someone else’s way.)
It means letting some things wait until tomorrow and letting other things wait until next week and being OK with that. It’s important to communicate with my team what can wait and what can’t wait. But what causes me the most anxiety is when I put something in high priority/importance and someone in my team doesn’t. Then I’m wondering why they didn’t just stop everything and do it right then. It’s because they put it in a different category, which goes back to communication.
Remember the positives
I have a folder of kind words people have sent me about how I have impacted their business or their lives. If I’m having a really frustrating day, I’ll often look at them and read through them. It’s easy to forget the positive remarks. I can have 100 people give me feedback and if one out of 100 is negative, I remember that negative feedback. But I strive to hold on to the positive feedback now. I make sure if I’m having a negative or frustrating day and need some little moments, I look at those kind words.
I also ask for encouragement from the team. If I’m doing something that I’m not feeling the best about, I might send a message to my teammates and say, “I’m needing some support, are you liking this project? Do you feel like it’s going well?” Their support gives me an extra push and I have the momentum to keep going to the next project.
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