I have always been a person who pays attention to detail. That is my nice way of saying I am a PERFECTIONIST! Like most artists, there has always been a little voice pestering me, saying things like, "It would be a little be better if you.... or if this was a little more like that.... if you had only practiced this more...." But when your customers are singing your praises and you have a group of people supporting you, WHY DOES IT MATTER what your brain is telling you? So I sat down with myself and had a chat about how I can use this "flaw" to push my business forward instead of an excuse to get STUCK! In the words of Michael Hyatt, "Perfectionism is the mother of procrastination"
So here is what I learned:
1. In regards to worrying about EVERY picture in a wedding album being perfect- People (including myself) are just happy to have documentation of their life/wedding/child and are less concerned with how perfect the exposure, cropping, color etc. is. What they DO care about is that they look like THEM, they look good, and it evokes a positive memory. I came to this conclusion by going back to MY WEDDING and looking at them again. Now, I didn't have a professional photograph my wedding (shocked??) I had my friend Tyler take them with my old Canon Rebel with a kit 50mm macro lens. This was almost three years ago and before I had my current equipment and business, BUT I remember LOVING the photos! Looking back, I would have only been somewhat happy with one of the pictures if they had been my photographs..what does that tell me? I am TOO hard on myself with expectations!
2. By comparing my work to more experienced professionals, I was further putting myself down AND I was forgetting a couple major things! One is that, on other people's websites, they are showing you the BEST of their work, so OF course they are all going to look good. And secondly, in the context of a great website and the fact that I hadn't just spend 10 hours editing them, at first glance, they seem THAT much better than mine. Lastly, I shouldn't be trying to be like them, I should be trying to be ME!
3. I came to the conclusion that in the right CONTEXT perfectionism is the driving force behind any successful business owner in that it can help you always be improving and thinking of new ways to grow and expand as a person AND a business. In other words, it keeps me from becoming COMPLACENT.
4. As important as it is to be able to step back and critique your work, it is just as important if not MORE important to sit back and enjoy it when you do accomplish something or make a step towards improvement. Let some of that positive energy and excitement from the people who support you slip through the cracks of your criticisms it's good for the SOUL!
Everyone be safe and have a happy Saturday getting all your last minute shopping done!