Climbing Out of the Pit of Perfectionism

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Have you ever gotten caught up in a cycle of perfectionism? When it comes to your business, it’s only natural to always want to put your best foot forward. But that shouldn’t come at the cost of never getting yourself out there. I know what it’s like to want every last detail to be perfect, for fear (there’s that ugly word) that someone might be critical. Well, the truth is (1) perfection is not realistic, and (2) if it was, there would still be critics. So instead of working yourself into a frenzy over a project, presentation, or product, ask yourself if good is going to be good enough.

This weekly wrap up was designed to share the blogs, websites and/or businesswomen that I found particularly helpful this week. Because this can be such a hot button topic for entrepreneurs, and especially women (I can say that because I am one of them),  my top blog picks this week center around the subject of how to successfully deal with your perfectionistic tendencies. Enjoy!

Top Picks

Perfectionism vs. Value

Business strategist, Carol Roth (@caroljsroth), offers three simple questions to ask yourself to determine if you are striving for perfectionism over value. There is a point after which you are finished with a project, and are just running in circles looking for spooks that aren’t even there. Get over your “perpetual tweak mode” and move on.

How Perfectionism Hurts Your Career

In this great article from US News Careers (@USNewsCareers), Curt Rosengren (@curtrosengren) points out that perfectionism is not a goal to be admired, rather a waste of your resources. Read his 4 reasons why you should NOT strive for perfectionism in your business. Though it might seem like the right way to operate, perfectionism might actually be holding you back from success.

Tame Your Inner Control Freak

There is a fine line between being a top performer and a control freak. Do you know the difference? Forbes Woman (@ForbesWoman) author, Lori Murray (@loribmurray), offers 3 tips to help you effectively leverage your inner control freak, that is, if you admit to having one. 🙂

Featured Site

Who would have thought that an adult could have so much fun or learn so much from a box of crayons?! Well, this is not ordinary box. From Founder, Michael Bungay Stanier, comes the official Box of Crayons. I can’t remember how I stumbled across this site a while back, but have been so glad that I did. From interesting and insightful blog posts, to inspirational and amazingly creative movies, this is a favorite of mine.

In one of his recent posts, Michael uses tennis great, Roger Federer to make his point — outstanding! For more information, you can find Michael on Twitter @boxofcrayons or you can subscribe to his fantastic movies on YouTube.

Woman of Excellence
Congratulations to Dr. Daisy Sutherland, our Woman of Excellence Award winner this week! I have had the pleasure of getting to know “Dr. Mommy” on Twitter and through her blog posts, and really appreciate the value she brings to the entrepreneurial arena for women. Her posts are right on target, but so approachable, like you are her friend and she is writing just for you.

Dr. Sutherland is an expert in health, parenting and business, and is host of Family Talk Radio every Wednesday at 1pm EST. To find out more, visit DrMommyOnline, and follow her on Twitter @DrMommy.

That wraps up this post. I hope you enjoyed my picks for the week.
In case you were wondering, I have no affiliate relationship with anyone I call to your attention on this blog. This is simply my way of spreading the news about information and individuals I have found particularly helpful.

Until next week, keep reading, keep learning, keep growing!


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