Do you remember the perfect presentation you did last week? Do you recall the perfect estimate you gave your biggest client last month? How about the last perfect day you had? I’m sorry, but you have not reached perfection. The reason is, it does not exist.
Perfect is a myth. We can get close, excellent, but we can’t reach it. Even its’ definition tells you so: ‘make (something) completely free from faults or defects, or as close to such a condition as possible.’ I submit to you what we are doing is the bold part of the definition.
There are three ‘P’ words used in business which at first glance may be unrelated until you really sit back and think. Those words are productive, procrastination and perfection.
The one that will do the most harm to your business would be, you would think procrastination but it is perfection. Take a minute or two to let it sink in. All three words are intertwined with each other. You may be asking yourself: “How so?”
I will use the process of producing this blog as an example of how the three ‘Ps’ are related to each other and how you may be doing some irreparable damage to your business by not recognizing the intertwining relationship.
Ever have one of those days? The day where everything you say or do does not get you anywhere? The day where you start to question everything you do and maybe even the career you have chosen? The day that the only thing you want is to find a sunny patio, having an appetizer and a frosty beer or glass of wine? Yes, that day?
Now that we have all admitted that yes, I have had one of those days. As a matter of fact, I am having more and more of those days. What does one do when it happens?
Momentum is defined as; ‘the amount of motion occurring in something that is moving or the force that drives something forward to keep it moving.’ Once you gain momentum in sales, the trick is to keep it going. I have seen some gain great momentum in their sales careers only to have it come to a screeching halt.
Momentum is that time when everything you do turns to gold. The feeling one gets from having this amount of success keeps us going. We have the day of our life and it continues the next day until we have a week. We may even have a month of great momentum and thus that great success.
I was reminded in the book by Michael LeBoeuf, Ph.D.; “How to Win Customers & Keep Them For Life.” of a management course that I took many years ago and a fable with a very important lesson for all of us.
The fable was; ‘The Snake and Fisherman.’ There existed this old fisherman that would go out every day by himself in his small boat. One day, he looked over the side and spotted a snake swimming by with a frog in its mouth. Feeling sorry for the frog, he bent over and removed it from the snake’s mouth and set it free. However, he then started to feel bad for the snake as it would now grow hungry. He looked around his small boat but had no food. All he had was a bottle of brandy. He opened the bottle and gave the snake three shots. The snake happily swam away and everything was good. About an hour later the fisherman heard this insisting banging on his boat and when he peered over the side, there was the snake, but this time it had two frogs in its mouth.
‘Another day of monotony Has gotten me to the point, I’m like a snail I’ve got to formulate a plot ‘fore I end up in jail or shot Success is my only (explicit) option, failure’s not.’ ~ Eminem ‘Lose Yourself’
Is success really the only option?
Winston Churchill said: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
We give failure way too much power and credit. Once we fail at something we take it personally and it makes our self-esteem drop like a lead balloon. How are you defining failure? Merriam-Webster says that it is a ‘lack of success or falling short.’ However, it does not say that it is fatal and permanent. Therefore, why are you taking it as it is so?