What areas of your life are the most important right now (keeping in mind that these change on occasion)? List the top two or three. Is it family, your business, church, friends, an organization you belong to or something else?
Now, for each of those areas what things are the highest priority – the way that you most want to spend your time with them or will move you toward your goals?
So, for family it might be spending one night a week together, a weekly (or monthly) date night with your husband and a phone call with your mom.
For your business it might be that one big project you’ve been thinking about, making some of the phone calls you know will generate money or any number of things.
What do all of these things require? Attention, energy and time.
Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life. – Brian Andreas
I heard that quote last week and think it is beautiful, wonderfully simple and so true.
And while it’s so simple, it’s also not.
Why is it we have so much trouble identifying what is really important AND spending time on it?
Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking this during my phone calls with potential clients. I’ve heard over and over again that there’s so much to do that it feels absolutely impossible to pick one thing to focus on.
I even saw it show up in a Facebook update of an acquaintance.
One thing that you can do is stop taking advantage of all the free or limited time only offers.
For me, this used to show up as signing up for any free teleclass that crossed my path that might have any information in it that I was going to need at some point in my business. I was spending HOURS listening to teleclasses trying to learn what I might need later.
I see it now in some of the groups I belong to. They’re filled with great people and great products and smart marketing. And almost everyone wants to take advantage of the specials that everyone else has – and they’re stretching themselves thin, because they might need that information someday.
I get it, the offer might not be as good later, or even apply! And that’s the point of the offer – to give you a reason to act now if it’s the right fit.
Here’s the thing with those free teleclasses and great specials – it might not be what you need right now.
There are lots of opportunities for you to further your business, lots of wonderful people who can show you how to do it in the way that they’re teaching – but if it’s not what you need right now then it’s okay to say no thank you.
Like many things, this takes some practice and discipline. It means knowing where you are in your business and what your main focus is right now. Once you know that then you can work with people that specialize in that.
And I can almost hear you saying, that’s great Evie, but I’m feeling so lost and frustrated right now that I have NO idea what that focus is. So, I want you to do something that might feel really uncomfortable. I want you to STOP doing all the running around your doing and take a step back to look at your business.
What are your business goals? And what is it that you need the most right now to reach those goals? Then pick one thing that you’re going to focus on to reach that goal.
And when another great opportunity comes along, recognize if it’s not where you are right now and let someone else who is there have that opportunity. It might not be that you’re not there yet or it could be that you’re past it and just haven’t realized it yet.
I’d love to know what your highest priority goal is and what you’re going to focus on to reach that goal. Share below in the comments.
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