“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
So whilst I’ve been working on improving my scheduling to fit everything in to my business and family life, you may think that all this work isn’t working for me, so how can it for you? If I’m a day late with one of my promises to you, surely I’m not the right person to help you get unstuck or move on with your particular situation.
We all have choices. Yesterday I chose to put my business schedule aside, even though I’d spent my usual 15 minutes in the morning preparing it and was confident when I wrote it that I’d achieve it. Why? No-one was even ill! Yet, to me, I chose to put my family first.
It was my eldest son’s high school prom last night. And he told me when I dropped him off at work at 9.30am that he needed new shoes to go with his suit. Really? In famous tennis player John McEnroe’s words, “You cannot be serious?” Yes, he was. Grrr. So I juggled things around, and whilst I did not shop all day on his behalf, it certainly messed up the time I had available for my own schedule.
We got him sorted, and whilst I’m disappointed that I didn’t get this to you yesterday, it’s just another tale to prove that we can run our businesses in the right way for us We choose what we do with our time. Has my business come to a grinding halt because I didn’t send this to you yesterday? No of course not. You may realise I’m no longer a person you want to hear from because I’ve let you down this time. I’m sorry for that. Or, you may realise that I can really help you get unstuck with that thing that’s really frustrating you at the moment in your life or business.
I’ve learnt, throughout my 14 years of business, that if I’m being myself, I actually offer better service to my clients and customers. It’s when I try and squeeze too much in, I do everything badly – including not being the caring Mum I want to be, or the caring business owner helping others achieve success.
Be yourself in business as in life
Are you always yourself in your business? Or are you trying to be something you think you should be? Or doing things you should be doing? I spend a lot of time with business owners exploring these shoulds and either getting rid of them totally, or working out what’s right for them and their business. We’re all unique, and so are our businesses, so following what others are doing won’t necessarily be right for you.
So I apologise that I’m a day late, but I also hope that this week you really think about what’s right for you and your business. If you’d like to explore what’s right for you, why not book a 20 minute Explore call. (or if you’ve had your free one already, you can book a paid for Explore session)
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