I used to have a to-do list with a table of contents.
I was hooked.
Bringing “order” to life was my addiction … my drug of choice.
I designed a color-coded garage, a storage space for everything, and everything in its place.
To say I was “neat and tidy” would be an understatement.
I never left the house without completing a full regimen of make-up application. And my jewelry had to match the occasion, even if it was a trip to the grocery store.
My label writer and I were meant for each other and we enjoyed a beautiful long term relationship.
I smiled every time I opened the pantry door and saw labels smiling back at me. Every shelf had a clear purpose, thanks to my addiction.
I was in labeling heaven — my rendition of bliss.
Nothing made me happier than a closet filled with precision-folded towels and the sweet smell of freshly-laundered bed linens, ironed to perfection. You should have seen the impressive crispness in those creases!
Martha Stewart couldn’t hold a candle to my ironing prowess.
A dust-free environment and a clean car was a must, the bathroom mirrors were never smudged, and my pets were bathed and groomed like clockwork.
My dietary habits were regimented beyond belief. Military boot camp had nothing on me!
And then I woke up from the coma of perfection.
Bringing order to life sucked every ounce of physical, emotional, and creative energy from me.
My drug of choice no longer created euphoria.
In fact, it made me sick – sick and tired of trying to be perfect.
I broke up with my label writer and today I fondly refer to myself as a “recovering perfectionist”.
I finally accept and embrace the truth that I’m awesome, as is.
Personal tale aside, I’d like to ask you awesome solopreneurs and small biz owners …
Do you have stringent routines, suffocating habits, or stifling behaviors you need to break up with? Is perfectionism keeping you from “shipping” the projects you need to finish if you ever want to make money?
And if perfectionism isn’t an issue for you, how about “procrastination”?
If perfectionism or procrastination isn’t in your character, is there anything else that begins with “p” that’s bugging you these days?