Ever had one of those days when everything you set out to do doesn't go to plan, and the faster you go, the slower it takes?
I had one of those today. Going tits over ass down the stairs in the gym, didn't bide well for the client session I was supposed to have afterwards.
What was my main concern as I sat there nursing the bruises?
Letting my client down by not showing up on time, or at all. Sending urgent messages to explain ‘it’s not broken but can we do tomorrow instead?’, felt lame.
Every time we take an unexpected fall, it feels as if our egos are slightly bruised, not just our shin-bones. Being seen to be vulnerable when we’re putting out this impression we’re strong to the core can leave you feeling a little embarrassed.
But who’s fault was it?
The wet floor didn't help. But, this is the third fall I’ve taken recently and had to reschedule my diary in the last few weeks. I’m a big believer there’s a lesson the universe is sharing with me.
If any of this sounds familiar, and you’re rushing around in your life and business, here’s what we can learn.
1. Slow your self down
Rather than giving your self the shortest amount of time to get where you need to go, build in a lot of space to ensure you can take your time.
2. Be mindful of the now
When you're on the move, just walk with your head up and smile – no checking of phones on the go, just be present in your now.
3. Carry a lighter load
Try a week where you only take your absolute essentials out with you, and see how good that feels. Oh, and when you can, watch George Carlin’s video about ‘stuff’. It'll make you laugh!
4. Add space to your diaries
Give yourself enough time, before, during and after events so you can breathe into the actions and experiences you’ve planned to savour in your week.
5. Protect yourself and your business
If you’re working on anything crucial just now, ask yourself, what contingency plan do I have in place if I need to cancel? Can you reschedule or do you need to know who your back-up person would be? If you’re sick, do you have insurance to cover you for any length of time? Make time to research and action that today, don’t put it off.
6. Know your cancellation policy well
If you’re working 1-1 with clients, you will have built in your cancellation policy in your agreement, that includes what to do in emergencies. Whatever it is, make sure you take care of yourself first of course, but treat your client well if you need to cancel. Give them something extra too if you can – as you don’t know how disappointed they may feel at not seeing you that day.
7. Buy new shoes
And the other lesson here? Make time to buy new shoes! I’d been meaning to go and buy new winter boots that can deal with rain-slicked surfaces for some time but put it off (as shopping for me is never a priority). If I'd made the time, I would have protected myself from a fall.
When was the last time you took time to go buy yourself what you need? Make that shopping trip. Your whole life needs your attention, not just your business.
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