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It’s been said that the end of the year is a time to reflect.  I think it’s a time to look forward.

Every day is a fresh start at moving forward, a chance to get more leads, learn more to perfect your craft and book a bride; there’s even more emphasis put on the start of a new year. There’s just one catch; the word I used in the previous sentence is exactly why you are not moving ahead:  Perfect.

QUESTION:  Is it better to be late and perfect, or on-time and done?

I’ll answer that at the end of this article.

Do you write down your goals?  Are you afraid to write them down because…well, what if you DON’T achieve them??  This fear is great for many perfectionists and let’s face it–the wedding industry is full of perfectionists.  It’s okay to chuckle here, you know you are one of them.

So let’s do this:  for all you anti goal-writers, draw me a picture.  Take out some colored pencils and paper, and draw me a picture of what you want your business to look like at the end of 2017.  Is it colorful, full of green money?  Does your picture have more beautiful brides in it than last year?  Is there more time for fun and family activities?

You just created a goal–three to be exact!  Increase revenue, book more weddings, and have more time for what really matters.  Now tape that up on the mirror on your vanity so you have to see it, every morning and night.

Now, back to your perfectionism.

It’s okay to fail.  I’m giving you permission right now!  I failed and failed A LOT…I had $100,000 in debt for just the business at one point! I’ve had great ideas that were a bust and I’ve had down years which made me wonder if what I’m doing is really the right thing. But you know what?  I kept going.  I kept setting goals, even if I wasn’t sure I’d make them.  You can always change things up, right?

It’s okay to not achieve every goal, but I tell you what, if you write it down, and break down the steps you need to take to reach the goal, you have a really good chance at getting there.  {CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE GOAL-SETTING WORKSHEET}

So to answer the question from above… is it better to be late and perfect or on-time and done… the answer is the latter: on-time and done.

Focus on PROGRESS.  Not perfectionism.

2017 is yours for the taking…are you up for it?