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 me with 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, does this seem like a fantasy as you reflect on your work, your life and your lack of balance?
- The Bad Busy test. When I am not filling in or scanning endless administrative forms, I seem to be trapped in other types of 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, working with an unappreciative audience that would far rather be anywhere else than there. My clients are, under the surface, monolith factory sweatshops that employ above average people to perform stressful, complicated and disjointed work for little psychological reward beyond beyond task completion, urgency and the avoidance of an escalation sparking the harsh tongue of a similarly stressed supervisor, hovering above them, micromanaging the process. I work in the cruel environment of complain scarcity. And I see now way out.
Both 1. & 2. are, of course, extreme exaggerations. The point of showing the contrasting stories above 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 or drink too much on a Friday evening alongside your equally disenchanted colleagues?
*When you are asked, has your description of what you do become more cynical and dark?
What needs to change after summer?
- Audit. I am often asked what is the key to happiness when in the middle of the upheaval of changing country or job, and, one thing I learnt years ago is that externally enforced relocation, reassignment or revolution (or some thinking time in summer) 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 from your day job in 5 year’s time?
*What do you want your legacy / eulogy to be?
*What do you enjoy most in your work?
*What work based 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 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, helping unprofessional or unprepared clients. When I rejected work that was meaningless, harmful or just a tick box exercise for a corporate customer, something shifted for me.
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. And, 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 next product?
+What will take your service levels to a place that commands and deserves 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 work after summer with a bang – Do feel free to drop me a line and we can have a 15-minute conversation.
I would love to hear your story.
Thanks and “bon chance” for autumn. Matthew is at firstname.lastname@example.org