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Progress, Not Perfection.

Written by Colin Clapp on May 16th, 2014.      0 comments

We all have our own definitions of what is ‘perfect’, but basically we all want things to turn out the best they can be. And that’s why we’re always reviewing, fixing, reviewing, fixing…until we reach that stage of ‘perfection’. But…it’s never quite enough. Could the design have been better? Would more people have heard about it if there was better marketing?
 
But that’s the thing, everything could ALWAYS be better. Perfection isn’t an achievable reality. It is an idea conjured up by the happy ending movies, the one in a million businesses that seem to do everything right, and our own minds.
 
Instead of focusing on reaching this illusion called ‘perfection’, focus on making progress. Because in reality, there are only those making progress, and those that aren’t.

By looking at the three aspects necessary to achieve More Meaning, you can understand how progress, not perfection, will help your business succeed:
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  • Purpose: defining your purpose is fundamental to making progress. Take time to clarify the purpose of your business – this isn’t a philosophical discussion, it’s a pragmatic business step. If you are not clear about your purpose, you can never determine if what you are doing is effective or not – and you’ll be working very hard for a very long time.
 
  • Vision: your vision is your ‘ultimate’ scenario. Where do you see yourself and your business in 1, 5 and 10 years time? Your vision can be unreasonable, it can be this illusion of perfection, but understand it is simply there to guide you. It is the progress you make each and every day – by networking with clients, training employees and improving your business. These steps will take you towards your vision – but it’s the progress along the way you should thrive in and enjoy, not the illusion of the perfection that isn’t reality.
 
  • Plan: achieving everything you want simply is not possible by waiting for it to fall into your hands. Look at your vision statement – what do you need to do to get there? Look at the small steps – things you can start implementing immediately that will become a part of your everyday operations. Write it out, make it big and visible, and keep it in mind.


Your vision is your ultimate perfect scenario and your purpose is to make a difference.

Your plan is a map of how you are going to make progress towards making a difference, which will lead you towards your vision.


Remember, progress not perfection!




 
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