If you’re like most professional horsemen, you spend much of your day in a race with a clock to do the best job possible. Which is common with most business owners who strive to get more done in less time and desire to produce the best service and products possible.
Experience teaches speed and perfection don’t work well together, but you mistakenly assume you can help the two work out their relationship problems.
You aim for perfection:
When riding- the perfectly executed transition
When instructing- the perfectly taught lesson
When sweeping- the perfectly swept aisle
The pursuit of perfect is an admirable goal, but only when balanced with the constraint of time.
Like the law of diminishing returns in economics, after a point, the gain from extra time devoted to perfectionism returns diminishing benefits. And when time devoted to a task begins to produce smaller and smaller benefits, the profitable horseman asks a question.
With respect to the task at hand, am I at the point of good enough?
If the answer is yes, then move on. If no, then stay at it until the answer is yes.
“Good enough” is not a compromise of your values and goals. It’s a judgment of acceptable work completion to allow you to get more done in less time.
I could elaborate, but you get my point. I’m moving on.
You should too. Get your boots on and get to work.