3 Reasons Doing Less Yields MORE
I’m just going to say it: busy-ness has become an epidemic.
How often do conversations start out like this?
Person 1: How are you?
Person 2: Busy! But good.
Person 1: How was your weekend?
Person 2: SO busy! We were just running all over the place.
Life has become a sort of competition where everyone’s vying for the title of Busiest Person Alive.
There’s the work-from-home mom who’s training for a marathon, baking cookies every week for her child’s class, and running the PTO while attending every awards ceremony and gymnastics competition . . . all that between cooking twenty-one meals every week.
And then there’s the full-time engineer who also coaches his daughter’s soccer team and buys his wife flowers every Friday. He runs the activities committee at his firm and is on the interviewing committee for the new partner. He cooks dinner every night so his wife can go to night school.
Here’s the thing: in being busy, we often miss opportunities to try new things, to do more of what we love, and just to enjoy ourselves and the lives we’re working so hard to create.
After several conversations I had recently with a few different clients, I realized that sometimes it’s best to do less. Sometimes it’s best to take things off our plates . . . slow down the pace of our lives. Sometimes when we stop to breathe—that’s when the magic happens!
So today, I wanted to highlight three reasons why doing less yields MORE.
Reason 1. You focus on that which yields results.
One of my clients recently made six figures in a quarter—I know, that’s pretty awesome, right? She is rockin’ it!
Well, a couple of weeks ago, she called me and said she was in a cash crunch and was considering taking a month off from our business coaching.
I asked her, first and foremost, to tell me what she was spending her money on. She was paying a parenting coach, a live-in nanny, and several other service providers.
Some of these things were luxuries, and some were necessities (for example, I believe that if you’re trying to build a business, a live-in nanny is a necessity, as is a house cleaner).
Next, I asked her whether the business coaching is working (and I know it is!).
She said, “Yes! Ninety percent of everything in my life has happened over the last few years because of you.”
So I said, “Then why would you cut off the business coaching—the one thing that’s moving you ahead?”
She took some of the luxuries off her plate instead, and continued to invest in coaching. And, as we both expected, the coaching yielded results. She made $5K in 24 hours after she made the decision to stop worrying and to work the plan I gave her.
Reason 2. You discover new, more efficient solutions.
AMY at her VIP DAY with me
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Source: Shanda Sumpter