Thursday, January 4th, 2018

You Don’t Have to be a Perfectionists to Achieve Your Goals

“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington

CPAs are quality minded. They are the most trusted business advisor. They especially pride themselves in the quality of their work. 

If you are living your work life inside a CPA firm, you know how thoroughly the client work gets reviewed. If you are not living inside a CPA firm, here’s how it goes: 

  • The work is completed (financial statement, tax return, various financial projects, etc.)
  • The work is proofed and corrected.
  • The work is draft reviewed and then corrected.
  • The work is quality reviewed and then modified.
  • The work is partner reviewed and adjusted.
  • Just before it is absolutely, positively finished and ready to go to the client, it is “released” and even at this point something is caught that needs to be changed (usually a very small detail).
  • Then the partner assigned to the client work wonders why it takes to much time to get the engagement out the door!

CPAs often deny it but most are perfectionists.

When dealing with the management/operations side of the firm and when setting personal goals for yourself, please do not think that things have to be perfect. Rather than being your own worst critic, become your biggest fan.

Human beings learn so much from their mistakes! When pursuing a goal, don’t focus on perfectionism; focus on progress.

Breakdown your sometimes overwhelming projects and tasks into steps and don’t hesitate to celebrate and reward yourself when even one step is accomplished.

I call it moving from status quo to an improved position. Do that once and then repeat, repeat and repeat.

I’m sure you have heard the saying, “eat the elephant one bite at a time.” If you view your task as one giant goal, you are setting yourself up for failure or disappointment. Why not enjoy the bites along the way!

  • "The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves."
  • Ray Kroc

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