As much as we want it to be so, we cannot be perfect. We all have strengths and weaknesses. But, honestly, this is a wonderful framework for a strong community. We can all lean into each other’s strengths to cover each other’s weaknesses. It’s a beautiful design for community. So, as hard as it is to let go in the areas we are weak we simply must lean into the strengths of others to get the best results for our team. Here are a few tips for letting go of a perfectionism and being your best self.
Redefine Perfection – Obviously the true definition of perfection is unattainable. So, redefine it to describe what perfection looks like within your limitations. Don’t let yourself be worried about what others are doing or saying. Their perfect outcomes will be different than yours simply because you are not the same person and carry different strengths than them. Don’t try to be anyone else. Just be the best YOU, you can be.
Find Comfort in Discomfort – It’s never comfortable when you’re in a state or growth. Get comfortable with it and let the fear of discomfort be removed from you life. Often what we are afraid of is simply a matter of perspective. We perceive something to be scary when in reality it’s just uncomfortable. Let go of fear, be confident and embrace your weaknesses. The sooner you embrace the reality of who you are, the sooner you will learn what is necessary to get the job done. Maybe you need to pull in other people and that’s ok.
REALLY Know Yourself – We often focus too intensely on our weakness, which can cause us to put out the fire on our strengths. Yes, know your weaknesses and find solutions for them. But more than anything, pour gasoline on what is thriving in your life. Be confident about who you are and how you can help the team best.
Enable Your Strengths – As an extension to my previous point; if you want the opportunity to stand on your strengths you simply must develop a solid team around you. You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility. You are responsible for the results of what you’ve been given to oversee. If you want great results in the areas where you are weak, pull in the experts around you and delegate the tasks that are not within your strengths zone. If you can’t delegate what you’re not excelling in, then you will not fully be able to excel in your areas of strength. Build your team and power on!