Hi Friend!

 

Would you by chance consider yourself a perfectionist? If so, you’re not alone. Not only was I once a perfectionist, but I used to wear my perfectionism like a badge of honor.

 

What caused me to change my mindset about my perfectionist-idealism was an episode of Shark Tank. Yep! Shark Tank. I used to love watching that show.

 

In this particular episode, Barbara Corcoran decided not to invest in a company, even though the product that the female entrepreneur had was a good one. Barbara said the reason she chose not to invest was that the entrepreneur was a perfectionist who wore her perfectionism like a badge of honor (just like I did).

 

She mentioned that this entrepreneur’s perfectionism would be a detriment to her ability to scale. Barbara went on to share that she was once a perfectionist too. But she eventually learned that this severely limited her growth potential.

 

Why? Well, there were a couple of reasons.

 

1) She expected this same “everything must be perfect” mentality from her employees, which was unrealistic and caused a high rate of employee turn over, therefore hindering her ability to scale.

 

2) She couldn’t be nearly as productive when she was overly focused on little details that weren’t really important in the end.

 

Barbara realized she needed to adopt an “80% is good enough” rule. This is what allowed her to scale her company and eventually become the wealthy woman she is today. Wow, did that hit me like a ton of bricks! I’d never heard anything like this before. I’d always thought perfectionism was something to strive for.

 

This message came at the perfect time for me as I was overloaded with work from the business I had started a year-or-so prior. And I was having a tough time keeping any employee around long enough to help relieve the workload. No sooner than they were trained, they’d quit due to my high-level of expectations.

 

Something had to give if I wanted to scale and grow my business. So I decided to give this whole “80% is good enough” thing a try.

 

Bottom line, with this new mindset, I was finally able to retain future employees. And down the road, I was even able to remove myself from most of the day-to-day operations, and eventually sell the business.

 

That would have never happened if I hadn’t inadvertently received that pivotal piece advice from Barbara that day.

 

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I don’t feel like quality suffered at all. We certainly didn’t lose clients. In fact, client retention was higher than ever.

 

Since going through my own perfectionism pivot, I’ve discovered studies that revealed that there is no positive link between perfectionism and performance (check out this one by the Harvard Business Review).

 

You may also find it helpful to learn that perfectionism, for the most part, isn’t actually a benefit for us, and can even be a detriment, causing us unnecessary stress, anxiety, and depression.

 

And I want you to live a happy, vibrant, healthy life, As I’m sure you do too.

 

(Check out Love Note #186: “Happiness Isn’t A Destination, It’s A Journey“)

 

Remember, loving ourselves more includes prioritizing our happiness and well-being. So why not take a load off your shoulders and try on a little “good-enough-ism” on for size and see how it feels?

 

Here’s to your health and happiness!

 

XOXO

 

Jenna

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About Jenna

About Jenna

Jenna Banks is a best-selling author of “I Love Me More: How To Find Happiness & Success Through Self-Love“. She’s also a public speaker and host of The Jenna Banks Show whose work has been featured in media outlets that include Forbes, ABC, NBC and Authority Magazine.

 

Against all odds, she was able to pivot from the self-loathing survivor of a traumatic childhood and a nearly fatal suicide attempt, to someone who knows her worth and refuses to settle for less than she deserves. She now helps others discover the self-love they are worthy of.

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