It’s tough being a perfectionist.

We like everything to be just right before we call it finished.

The only problem is that it can take a really long time to get to the finish line. And with some projects, we never do.

In the world of fundraising, it’s lethal. For example, if you’re writing a grant, there comes a point at which it must be submitted. If you’re a perfectionist, it’s tough calling it done when you suspect there may be a tweak or two still needed.

My suggestion? Something I learned from my quilting friends – “Done is better than perfect.”

It means that sometimes, it’s better to call something finished than to spend lots of time with the niggly little things trying to make them perfect when in reality they’re already good enough. With a quilt, you can take things apart and re-sew them so many times that the fabric will literally unravel.

With a fundraising task, there definitely comes a point of diminishing returns. In other words, the last few tweaks you make probably don’t make much of a difference at all.

To be a successful fundraiser, you need to be able to move fast. You need to be able to get clear about what needs to be done and just do it.

Do the best you can in the time you have, let it go, and move on, knowing that it’s good enough.

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