Why Sloppy Is Better Than Perfect

Published: May 1, 2012
By: Faye Hollands

I remember going to interviews back in my corporate life and being proud to state that perfectionism was one of my strengths.  Oh how wrong I was!  You see, striving for something that doesn’t exist is pretty foolish, and it can really hold your career and business back if you continue on a quest for something mythical.  Here’s why…

Success

I came across an old notebook recently one of the quotes written on the front was ‘sloppy success is better than perfect mediocrity‘.  So true!

As someone who always wanted to get everything 100% right, contemplating sloppy success was very foreign to me.  I mean, why would you want to do something below-perfect?

But here’s the kicker – by constantly being on a mission to reach perfect, I held myself back from achieving goals in my career and business that I could have reached simply by setting realistic standards.

Consider these scenarios – what’s the better outcome: –

  • Never applying for a job just because your resume isn’t exactly how you think it should be OR submitting a professional CV that ticks most boxes and secures you an interview?
  • Spending too many hours on a blog post that misses a deadline and doesn’t get read OR publishing your work regularly so that your client base understands your business offering and engages you to work with them?
  • Procrastinating over losing weight because you haven’t devised the perfect diet and exercise plan OR getting stuck in now so that you’re doing something to help shift those kilo’s?

I know I wasn’t alone in setting the bar so ridiculously high, and I meet clients practically everyday that have been on the same mission – one that’s holding them back from actually getting ‘stuff’ done, reaching their goals, and moving forward personally and professionally.

The good thing is that when you have that ah-ha moment and realise that by aiming a little lower you can actually lift your game, and life a lot higher, that’s when goals get kicked and aspirations become reality.

It’s not about having low standards, or comprising on quality or output.  It’s about being realistic and smart.  After all, there’s no logic in aiming for something that truly doesn’t exist!

What are you going to do differently now that you’re not aiming for perfection? Post a comment below and let me know….

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting and Busy Working Mumma. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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