Are you a perfectionist? Do you obsess over little mistakes? Do you feel like a failure if you do not succeed every time? Are your projects never complete because "it's just not quite right"? If you answered yes, you may be a perfectionist. Although there are some benefits to being a perfectionist, there are also many things you need to let go in order to continue being successful with your JV business and relationship.
Excellence is a goal towards which to strive. It is a noble goal for any business, especially with your JV efforts. However, achieving excellence is not the same as achieving perfection. And many people who are perfectionists confuse the two frequently. If you're looking to achieve excellence in your JV, it would be wise to gain a healthy sense of perspective.
Do not Set Out of Reach Goals
Have you set unrealistic goals for your JV business? Many times a perfectionist will "shoot for the stars" and end up being very disappointed when they do not reach their goals. Instead, you and your JV partner should set goals that are a stretch, but still attainable. In doing so, you and your JV partner will have something to strive for that is not too easy, but realistic.
Enjoy the Process
Perfectionists have a tendency to never be satisfied unless 100% perfection is achieved. What they should keep in mind is the previous tip and enjoy the process in the meantime. Remember the old adage, "half the fun is getting there"? Enjoy the process of achieving goals. A goal is reached by checking off many steps. Each step is a move forward in the adventure. Learn to enjoy it!
Many perfectionists also have a tendency to over-analyze things to the point that they suffer from "analysis paralysis". One reason may be fear of failure. They hesitate to make a decision because they're afraid they'll be disappointed if the decision is wrong. This kind of anxiety is unhealthy and certainly unproductive for business.
Instead, learn to make decisions and stick with them. You do not have to rush or make rash decisions. Do take the time to weigh pros and cons of your choices. However, once you have made a decision with your JV partner, feel free to review the process along the way, but commit to your choice and make it happen.
Learn From Mistakes
Many times, perfectionists believe that mistakes are the ultimate failure. Nothing could be more wrong! Mistakes are the way we learn and improve. Do not feel that mistakes and setbacks will ruin you or your JV business. Take the proverbial bull by the horns and make the mistakes work for you and improve your tactics, your strategies and your actions.
Joint ventures are a great way for perfectionist to practice letting go. In a solo business or entrepreneur venture, you get to enjoy all the success, as well as the failure. However, with a JV partner, you can learn to compromise and become the achiever.