HAPPY NEW YEAR AND WELCOME TO 2013!
Quick question for you. (And this will have a huge impact on what you accomplish this year.) Are you pursuing excellence or are you a perfectionist? To clarify here, I want to distinguish the difference between a perfectionist and someone who is in pursuit of excellence.
Perfectionists are not concerned with the quest for excellence. They generally set unrealistic expectations, have a fear of failure, and are very critical in their self-talk. It is difficult for a perfectionist to finish anything. There is no such thing as perfect, so they are in a never-ending quest to find something that does not exist. Perfectionists never reinforce the positive things they do because they are too busy beating themselves up for their failures.
On the other hand, someone in pursuit of excellence is not hindered by critical self-talk and their self-worth is not dependent on their achievements. Fear of failure does not cripple their efforts or stop them from completing tasks. If something doesn’t work as planned, they will find another way of doing it without all the critical self-talk of the self-absorbed perfectionist.
Being in a constant pursuit of excellence in your business is essential to your success. In business, if you are not performing every day to the utmost of your ability, there is someone out there who has equal (or even less) ability that is in pursuit of excellence every day who will take your place.
You can’t afford to get trapped in the perfectionist attitude. Tasks must be completed without delay. Your self-talk becomes more important than ever when you are a small business owner. Positive reinforcement of your accomplishments without focusing and getting stuck in your failures is crucial to your success. You want to assess your failures and learn from them, but you do not want to obsess over them.
Here are five tips to help you in your pursuit of excellence:
1. Set higher standards and raise expectations for yourself and those around you. When did “good enough” become the standard? When did it become okay to just “get by”?
2. Set goals and create a vision for where you want to go. Having a clearly written vision statement is essential to your continued success. And don’t be afraid to update it periodically as your business and your life changes.
3. Hold yourself accountable in all areas of your life – finances, work/family balance, health, personal development, your spiritual life, your personal character.
4. Do what you say you will do. NO EXCUSES!
5. Have passion for what you are doing. If you are not passionate about what you are doing … stop doing it.
If you want 2013 to be the most amazing year of your life, start now! Pursuing excellence is not for the faint of heart. It requires focus, discipline, perseverance, dedication, and hard work. Do not accept mediocrity in anything. Do not accept anything less than your best. And if you are honest with yourself, you know exactly what that is.