This is often easier said than done. There are all sorts of characteristics and attributes that shape us.
One of the interesting aspects is our unique wiring pattern. We all have a human wiring pattern and some traits are more dominant than others. Your wiring can have a real impact on your success in business.
Wiring tells us how people are best engaged in decision making, why some people want lots of information to make an effective decision, and others want the critical points of information.
None of this is good or bad, or right or wrong, it just is. When we can objectively define these traits and understand how they are strengths, and build on those strengths as well as understand where there are limitations, and coach to minimize them, we can maximize the differences that every person brings by their unique wiring pattern to each organization.
For example, people who have a high degree of certainty, tend to have perfectionist traits. They are conscientious, thorough, and careful that whatever they are responsible for is done right.
While this hardwiring trait can be a strength – because it drives you to produce work of great quality, it can also be a limitation if not managed.
Emotionally, this often means that instead of living your life from a place of self-acceptance, perfectionists are on a treadmill chasing the illusion of having everything in their lives be “correct,” “right” or “orderly.”
Some of their own belief systems include:
• When everything is perfect and in order on the outside, you will feel peace and ease on the inside.
• When things go wrong, you feel you have personally failed.
• Things are either black or white, right or wrong, or good or bad. There is no grey.
However, when left unmanaged, you:
• Become overwhelmed and can remain stuck for long periods of time because nothing is ever good enough;
• Don’t delegate because only you can do it best;
• Delay decision making if you don’t have all of the information you need; or
• Focus on the barriers or reasons you shouldn’t move ahead rather than the opportunities;
The good news
As many of my Excellerate Success Institute clients who are wired this way have learned, you can best leverage your wiring when you have an opportunity to complete the work in its entirety with a high degree of precision.
You often develop a particular skill or knowledge and expertise in a specialized field. People will seek you out because of it.
There are ways to manage this trait so you can move forward with greater ease:
1. Focus on bite sized options or phases. Since you have a propensity for perfection, you can get overwhelmed with every detail you think is important. When you feel the weight of this overwhelm, think in terms of phases or releases. Break down a big concept, idea or even project into bite-sized pieces and handle the pieces one at a time (and delegate). When one client implemented a project which seemed overwhelming, I suggested she implement it to a small group of people first, rather than her entire organization. Her overwhelm was quickly broken when taking this approach.
2. Forgive yourself. You tend to be hard on yourself. Failure is a good thing. Approach any project from the standpoint that it is a work in progress. Don’t try to make it perfect from the start. Instead, get other people’s input and change it accordingly.
3. Balance your thinking. Make a checklist how something will work versus creating barriers on how it won’t work.
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