Why ‘Done’ is better than Perfect

A few years ago, I promised myself I would present my own workshop to clients. I wrote it, I re-jigged it, I talked about it endlessly, I told my PR lady, I even told my kids…. I imagined what it might be like, me talking about my passion to other people and helping them….then I […]

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A few years ago, I promised myself I would present my own workshop to clients. I wrote it, I re-jigged it, I talked about it endlessly, I told my PR lady, I even told my kids…. I imagined what it might be like, me talking about my passion to other people and helping them….then I did nothing. Big fat nothing….

I decided my therapeutic workshop had to be perfect. I pressurised myself to produce a thing of perfection. I worked myself into a complete anxiety about whether it would be good enough. I worried so much you would have thought Ofsted was coming to see it!

In the end, anxiety got the better of me and I shelved the workshops. I went back to my comfort zone and hid.

Then an odd thing happened. I had an email from a client that went like this:

Client: I need to get my head sorted and soon – when can I book in?

Me: I’m really sorry I am booked until next month.

Client: Oh my god, I need to get sorted – is there a workshop or something I can come to in the
meantime?

Me: *gulp* so sorry but I haven’t got around to doing that yet. That was when it dawned on me, workshops were NOT about me. They were about serving my clients, I could help more people in a group setting.

I made a decision: DONE is better than Perfect. My clients needed to get sorted when they were ready to be so. By stepping out of my comfort zone I was helping them. The thing is we can sometimes suffer from ‘Imposter syndrome’ and feel we are not quite good enough yet… If only there was another course or another certificate to collect! Sometimes we just need to get on with it and get out there to shine our light.

I wrote this blog to remind you that, at the end of the day, it is not about ‘us’, it is about who we can help – hiding our light is not helpful – no once finds a lighthouse useful if it’s broken.

Your skills could help support a younger colleague, a friend who needs a confidence boost, your team at work, who needs your skills to help them move forward in tough times. Please never underestimate what you have to offer the world.

This year, in the year of global panic, I pushed my own inner perfectionist to one side and I’m cracking on with my business one to ones in my Stokesley office and some online workshops.

As for the previous workshops, turned out, no one cared about the quality of the coffee, they did care about the content of the workshop and my delivery – they cared about what I was sharing with them and how it would help them.

Right now, there is no time to waste: whatever you are working on, creating or thinking about sharing, get it out there, someone might just need it, after all, done is better than perfect.

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