I got quite a few lively responses from Tuesday’s newsletter. And most of them were about the P.S. I shared.
If you didn’t read it before, here it is:
P.P.S. Recently, one of my newer readers wrote and said she didn’t like how much I “sell” in this newsletter. She wanted tips and ideas to make her business and life more organized but felt uncomfortable with my constant pitching of services. I hope that you find my writing to be very thought-provoking on how to make your business and life better and more organized each and every time you hear from me. I want to work with you – and I’m going to ask for your business in nearly every email I write. If you’re not interested in working with me at all ever and/or you’re not getting value from my notes, then please feel free to use the unsubscribe button at the bottom of this email.
Apparently, I struck a nerve. I received tons of, “I love your email messages – keep doing what you’re doing!”
I also received a variety of responses agreeing with the importance of the “taking time off” portion of my note.
And there’s a few lessons here.
1. Perhaps at some point, you decided marketing and sales were dirty words. That you weren’t going to do it, at least not in any blatant, obvious, “but wait – there’s more!” kind of way. Yet, you totally accept that *I* do – and twice a week or more at that.
2. And perhaps at some point, you decided you “couldn’t” do anything about your schedule. That there was “no way” you could take an afternoon off on a Tuesday after a big presentation or that you could actually check out for a week or two or three in order to recharge your soul and your brain. And yet, you totally accept my opinion that it’s a good idea. And you support me in MY taking 3 weeks off to raft the Grand Cayon next month.
Let’s face it: I’ve been a tiny bit of rebel my whole life. Not only am I left-handed, I’ve also moved about 25 times. From California (where I was born), to the Philippines, Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina. Yep, I was a Navy Brat, dragged hither and yon every few years
As a kid, I had to learn to adapt. I had to figure stuff out FAST. And most times, I was not soaked in cultural “norms”, the expected ways of doing things, or the status quo of living in the same place for years.
And it pains my mother to no end that I do things my own way.
So what’s the point I’m trying get at here?
I think it’s that I want YOU to take a hard look at everything you think you’re “supposed” to do. And I want you to take a good hard look at things you think you “could never” do.
I have a feeling you might be wrong on both counts. You’re just afraid of what *might* happen if you do.
So often when I work with clients, I ask questions. I test assumptions. And I stomp all over those “expected ways of doing things.”
Let’s be real: if you own your own business, you ARE in charge of your time, your stuff, your life, your energy.
And if you think you’re not…well, it’s high time to remove THAT particular blindfold.
I think I’ll print a bunch of T-shirts that say, “The hell I can’t – just watch me!”
I’ll hand ‘em out to anyone who works with me and masters the art of testing assumptions. Of ignorning the norm and the status quo. And especially for when you do the work and ask the questions to create a life and business and schedule you LOVE.
If you want help with this, I’m a master at seeing exactly where you’re stuck, afraid, or stewing.
P.S. And just to be clear – “The hell I can’t – just watch me!” is TOTALLY different from, “Hey ya’ll, watch this!”
P.P.S. I’ve just accepted my last client before I leave for the Canyon. My schedule and my brain are full. I *might* accept ONE more Fast Action VIP Day client, but only if you ask super nice. Maybe.
P.P.P.S. My second book for Amazon’s Kindle just went to my editor. My goal is for it to “be alive” by May 15th. I’ll share more details soon!