I'm struck by how many leaders are sidetracked by the pursuit of perfection. Far too many have convinced themselves that it will unlock their biggest dreams. And nothing could be further from the truth.
Let’s just agree that perfection is unattainable. To hold yourself to such a standard would be unnecessary—if not slightly irresponsible. When perfection is the goal, you suffer and so does everyone around you.
What you really need is passion. I’m not talking about unbridled passion, which is reckless and uninformed. I’m talking about the kind of passion that transfers your energy, commitment, and resolve to others. That kind of passion will help you push through the barriers and ensure you achieve the breakthrough just ahead of you.
WHY PERFECTION DOESN’T MEASURE UP
Perfection creates unnecessary pressure. Progress is always better than perfection.
Perfection distracts you from the goal. Influence is about others, while perfection is about individual achievement.
Perfection impedes action. The pursuit of perfection will sideline you with “what ifs” instead of trying and failing enough times to get it right.
WHY PASSION MATTERS MOST
Passion keeps the focus on others. If you want to create lasting change, you’re going to need others to join you.
Passion organizes people into teams. Passion transforms groups of individuals into interdependent teams. Groups maintain their identities while great teams focus on how they can work together toward a common outcome.
Passion fuels change. When you inspire people, breakthrough becomes possible.
Perfection will only keep you from your goals as a leader. In the end, it will diminish your effectiveness. You’re better off keeping the focus on influencing others to move toward a better future—whatever that means in your context—through passion.
Let your passion inspire others to take action. After all, that’s the heart of influence in the first place.