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Yesterday I spent most of the day planning my priorities for 2012. I hired an executive coach, Kristine Emmett from Inspiring Leader to help me architect my business around my life and what is most important to me.
I had a blast! I told her in advance that I did not want any “woo woo” life coaching work, I wanted business strategy. And wow, did I ever get more than I bargained for!
However, I wasn’t really sure about her when we began our session. The first thing she asked of me was to tell her about a positive childhood experience. The second question was about a positive adult life experience. The third was about a positive career/business experience. I knew in that moment she was the wrong person! I was there to map out my business plan, not talk about feelings!
She wrote down all kinds of words as I spoke and, in the end she was able to show me, based on our discussion, what my core values were. This was the starting point for my business strategy – she was brilliant!
We took two big flip chart pages and mapped out in words what I wanted my future to look like. We created guideposts for my business, relationships, and myself.
Then, we looked at what I am currently doing, what I love, and what makes me go “eeeeeckkh”. We took this information and we made a “Stop Doing” list. Every single thing I have on my plate was assigned a passion number. If the passion number was low, she asked me to make a decision – Invest or Divest.
I will be the first to admit, it wasn’t easy. But, I wrapped up my day with a clear picture of the things I no longer wish to do in my business, a plan on how to gracefully communicate those things to my clients, and solutions I could offer to help.
Letting go of the things that do not serve you well is a difficult thing to do. For me it places me in scarcity mode. I worry about my “responsibility” and the impact that saying no will have. This exercise showed me that, although planning the future of my business is exciting and fun, taking time to assess what I love, and what I need to stop doing is paramount to moving ahead.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because we are all taking on more. Whether it is another social networking site, more tasks at home that we hate doing, or saying yes to clients who drain your energy, there is always an abundance of more.
What happens when we say yes to everything is we can never fully show up and give 100% to anything. This week, I want you to pay attention to what you have on the horizon. Look for the things that really jazz you, that you enjoy doing and figure out how you can incorporate more of those into your life. Lastly, pay attention to those things that leave you tired, lacking in energy and procrastinating to do. These are the signs that will help you make your own “Stop Doing” list.
I have always believed I work to live, I do not live to work. My responsibility is to create a business that I love so much it does not feel like work, and it allows me to have the life of my dreams. Are you taking full responsibility for your life?
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