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Monday, June 18, 2007

Maintaining a Mindset of Excellence

Jamie S. Walters, chief vision & strategy officer at Ivy Sea Online offers her take on "Maintaining a Mindset of Excellence," in which she compares and contrasts the fundamental differences between perfection and excellence.

The mindset of a person focused on perfection:

  • Critical
  • Harried and time-crunched
  • Unable to see the big picture
  • Stressed
  • Unconfident
  • Rarely, if ever, allowing a sense of true accomplishment and personal reward

In contrast, the person concentrating on excellence has a mindset of:

  • Continual growth and learning
  • Satisfaction of a job well-done and clients served
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Satisfaction, due to an ability to complete things and move on
  • Lower stress thanks to clarified expectations
  • Strong sense of meaningful accomplishment

How to make the transition from being a perfectionist to becoming excellent?

  • Take a reality check
  • Identify what’s most important (Discipline I. Decide What's Important)
  • Set clear expectations (Discipline II. Set Goals That Lead)
  • Identify perfectionist triggers
  • Consider using a coach (Six Disciplines Centers)
  • Delegate
  • Take baby steps

BOTTOMLINE: Don't try to be perfect. Instead ......Be Excellent™

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