When would NOW be a good time to start your personal Trainer / Coach / Academic / Student – Time / Work Quality revolution?
- The Good Busy test. How much of the following (honestly) applies to you?
“I am Good Busy. My schedule is packed with exciting trips and assignments taking place in desirable locations, working with and for kind, progressive and generous clients who seem to understand me, appreciate me and, specifically, understand my worth to them.
They provide a stimulating brief that I am excited to get my teeth into. The work has plenty of variety, suits my strengths and allows me to be fully expressed, in the zone and at my best as I execute the work that I love.”
Have we described your life perfectly? Or, the one that you wish to have in 2018?
- The Bad Busy test. When I am not filling in or scanning endless administrative forms, I seem to be trapped in other unpaid, repetitive and unrewarding chores. Either that or I feel duty bound to travel and fulfil my Mephistophelean contract of vast acres of underpaid, boiler plate assignments in grubby locations with cheap accommodation for an unappreciative audience that would far rather be anywhere else than there. My clients are Monolith factory sweatshops that deploy above average people to perform stressful, complicated and disjointed work for little result beyond task completion, urgency and the avoidance of an escalation that sparks the harsh tongue of a similarly stressed supervisor hovering above them, micromanaging the process.
Both 1. & 2. are, of course, an exaggeration. The point of showing you the above two paragraphs is to get you to feel something and recognise elements of WHAT YOU WANT and what you are stuck with and wish to ESCAPE.
The Symptoms –
*Does your heart race or sink when a new work order comes in?
*Do you ever feel ill or experience a mild panic attack on the way to work?
*Do you feel low on Sunday and drink too much on a Friday evening alongside your equally disenchanted colleagues?
*Has your description of what you do become more cynical when are asked about it socially?
What needs to change in 2018?
- Audit. I am often asked what is the key to happiness when in the middle of the upheaval of changing country and one thing I learnt years ago is that externally enforced relocation, reassignment or revolution is the perfect time to take stock of your situation and ask some profound questions of yourself…
*Who were you when you set out in the world of work?
*Are you still that person?
*What do you want your day job to be in 5 year’s time?
*What do you want your legacy / eulogy to be?
*What do you enjoy most in your work?
*What activity fills you with dread?
*Are you healthy / happy / fulfilled?
*Are you EARNING what you are worth?
*Is the output of your work good, neutral or evil?
*Are you giving out something via your job that is adding value to the broader human experience?
What can you Do?
- Say “No!” – The breakthrough moment came for me working as a freelance trainer and coach many years ago when I started saying no to discounted work, unfulfilling assignments, crappy locations, unprepared clients and work that was meaningless, harmful or just a tick box exercise for a corporate customer.
Instantly my life improved. I felt rebellious, free and more in control of my content, my audience and my outcomes. My income went up, my spare time went up, my boredom, stress and frustration levels went down.
My question became, “Why didn’t I do this earlier?”
Upgrade Everything – If you increase the quality of every little thing you work on and create something whole that is exceptional, people will notice, your brand will become REMARKABLE and your place in the world will change.
+How can you turbo charge your product?
+What will take your service levels to a place that commands a premium price?
+How can you find the courage to ask for an OUTRAGEOUS fee and keep a straight face?
+How can you create a niche that you will own, dominate and FILL with value?
+How can you spend your time being Fully Expressed, utilising your value and being totally connected to your client, their objectives and your transformational talents?
Conclusion – You get the life you tolerate, so maybe it is time to take action and raise your standards.
If you have been affected by this blog post and want to start your year with a bang – Do feel free to drop me a line and we can have a 5-minute conversation. I would like to hear your story.
Thanks and “bon chance” for 2018.