As women in business, we can often find ourselves striving for perfection in every aspect of our lives. Balancing the demands of our businesses and family life can be overwhelming, and we may feel the pressure to excel in every role we play. However, it’s essential to recognise the pursuit of perfection is not only unrealistic but also detrimental to our well-being.
Have you heard of the mental-load?
Have you ever considered the mental-load that we carry? This includes all of the thinking we do about booking dental appointments, remembering to call the plumber, planning the meals for the week, worrying about how the kids are doing at school and a whole heap more.
It’s therefore no surprise that we feel the strain. As women in business, we often find ourselves striving for perfection in every aspect of our lives. Balancing the demands of our businesses and family
Are you experiencing Superwoman Syndrome?
Many of us with children to care for, may find ourselves trapped in the ‘Superwoman Syndrome’. We feel the need to be flawless in business, parenting, household management and more. But what if we embrace imperfection instead?
Embracing Imperfect Action
When I am coaching my clients, I often encourage them to take ‘imperfect action’.
Embracing imperfection does not mean settling for mediocrity; it’s about acknowledging that none of us can be perfect all of the time.
It’s about saying something, is better than nothing.
I’m talking about those email campaigns you have been putting off because you haven’t quite finished the content)
(There is probably someone with cash to burn and ready to buy, but they need reminding to book with you!)
Or not booking the personal branding photo shoot because you still need to lose 10lb
(chances are if you had some amazing photos to use, you would send the email, schedule the socials and get more business enquiries!)
Are you heading for burnout?
Perfectionism can lead to burnout and unnecessary stress, preventing us from enjoying the journey of both our business and family life.
Here are some actionable steps to help you let go of the Superwoman Syndrome:
- Set realistic expectations: Identify your priorities and focus on what truly matters, both in your business and personal life. Let go of tasks that do not align with your goals
- Delegate and seek support: Don’t be afraid to ask for help, whether it’s from your team at work, associates, specialists or your family. Delegating tasks can lighten your mental load considerably (and people often love to be asked to help)
- Celebrate progress, not perfection: Acknowledge your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Celebrate the profess you make rather than fixating on perceived shortcomings
- Practice self-compassion: Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a friend. Remember that it’s okay to make mistakes; they are opportunities for growth.
- Make time for self-care: Prioritise self-care to recharge and rejuvenate.
You can’t pour from an empty cup. You will have more energy and patience for both your business and family priorities
- Connect with a supportive community: Surround yourself with like-minded women who understand the challenges you face. Share experiences and advice to foster a sense of belonging and support.
What could you gain if you let go a little?
By letting go of the pursuit of perfection and embracing imperfection, you’ll find that life becomes more balanced and enjoyable. Remember success is not measured by flawlessness, but by the progress you make, the joy you experience, and the impact you have on others. Embrace your imperfections, and you’ll discover newfound strength and fulfilment in all areas of your life.
If you are looking to reduce overwhelm, book in for a curiosity call with me and let’s chat about some of the things that are making you feel that way.