What kind of perfectionist are you?

There are 3 common barriers to getting noticed and getting paid with your big idea.

The first is what I call HAP.

That’s my corny acronym for “hoping and praying.”

When you’re happing, there’s really no rhyme or reason behind what you’re up to. You’re just going with the flow. Maybe you’ve created your website, ordered your business cards, ran a couple of Facebook ads, posted a few social media messages … and are hoping and praying for the best.

But HAP isn’t sustainable. Because these random tactics often cost more than what you eventually end up earning because there’s no strategy behind them.

The second barrier: Perfect Scenarios.

Perfect Scenarios are those fantasies you conjure up in your head to rationalize why you haven’t shared your big idea with the world yet.

In the Perfect Scenario, all the ducks are in a row.

In the Perfect Scenario, the funding has already been saved or invested before you ever get started.

In the Perfect Scenario, mistakes don’t exist. (Because you already know everything there is to know about everything.)

Perfect scenarios follow what I call the when-then formula: “When I get X, then I’ll have Y.”

Example: “When I get the investor, then I’ll have the money to create my product.”

The problem is that while you’re waiting for a Perfect Scenario that will probably never happen they way you plan it, your big idea is collecting dust in the meantime. And as a result, you don’t have access to the freedom you want and deserve.

The third barrier? Imposter Syndrome.

This phenomenon rears its ugly head in the following behaviors:

  • Overworking yourself to keep people from figuring out you’re not as good as they think or you say you are
  • Giving people the answers you think they want to hear instead of those that reflect your honest beliefs and opinions
  • Downplaying your intelligence and abilities to make others around you feel comfortable

Imposter Syndrome is responsible for fear of failure. Which is what keeps so many people with brilliant big ideas from sharing them with the world: the belief that they’ll screw up and people (especially those closest to them) will judge them.

Perfectionists know these barriers all too well. But all perfectionists aren’t made equally, {{ subscriber.first_name }}.

Practicing perfectionists display the following characteristics:

  • Have an “all or nothing” mentality
  • Are their loudest critics
  • Set unrealistic standards for themselves and others
  • Focus on the result and not the journey
  • Wallow in negativity when your goals go unmet
  • Experience “paralysis by analysis”
  • Constructive criticism puts you on the defensive
  • Feel lonely or isolated

Recovering perfectionists share these characteristics, but are willing to embrace what author and entrepreneur Emily Ley calls a “standard of grace,” not perfection. They’re fed up with procrastination, fear of failure and overwhelm running their lives. And they’re ready to start where they are with they have.

I’m a proud perfectionist in recovery. And each minute, I’m learning the more vulnerable I am about my journey with perfectionism, the more attracted people are to By Michael Todd.

So which one are you: practicing or recovering?

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