A good mate of mine often talks about “gifts wrapped in shit”. I gotta say, I’m experiencing that first hand right now.
Recently, dislocating my elbow landed me in emergency and it left me largely inactive for the following two weeks. Sure, there was a lot of pain, a lot of endone and a lot of sitting around feeling sorry for myself. But it also gave me a chance to look at things differently… and that’s the gift.
As we go through the business year helping our clients, running around networking, looking after social media, and doing everything we do to keep our businesses running, we often get caught up in the day to day. Sometimes we forget what it’s really all about.
The gift I received recently, dislocating an elbow, was really the gift of a new perspective. The gift of slowing down and looking at the world differently. In my relationships, at home, how I’d been helping clients, and how I can improve.
This enforced slowing down can be a really positive thing.
The first thing is an appreciation of what is important
I have a renewed appreciation of the people that surrounded me… my partner, our friends, and even my clients. People have reached out and offered support in areas I wouldn’t have expected.
In business, with feeling like everything has changed, it forced me to focus on what’s really important – what is it that will help clients achieve better results in a shorter time frame.
The second thing is seeking shortcuts
Yeah, shortcuts is the right word.
I was looking for a different way to put this, but at the end of the day, it’s about saving time. I’m slow enough as I’m trying to do everything with one arm tied behind my back, so it is about taking shortcuts. Shortcuts that won’t reduce my output, but focus on getting what has to be done, done efficiently.
So I’m focusing on how I can leverage. Leverage both my time and expertise, from using DragonDictate to systemising follow-up procedures and even streamlining sales funnels. Yep, everything is under review!
It’s amazing how focused we can get when our backs to the wall.
The third thing is managing my confidence
I was going to say managing my mood and state, but that’s really just the start of the story. It’s really about managing my confidence.
Within the space of just a few days, I dislocated my elbow and then lost my wallet. Now the second may have been in part a result of the painkillers but nonetheless, it really shocked me. The combination of these two events left me feeling not just helpless… but useless. It took a week to recover.
Getting on top of things has been absolutely critical. Keeping in touch with clients, being completely prepared for meetings, and appropriately following up on expected outcomes is something that I’ve had to manage myself through during this time.
Finally establishing a new normal
Very quickly, it’s become apparent that it’s going to take some time for things to be back as they were. AND what’s exciting about that is that I have the opportunity to create a new normal. One that focuses on the outcomes of all my actions. The actions I’m taking in business and how I spend the rest of my time. I’ve started to concentrate on productivity, not activity.
Being purposeful in what I’m doing has really helped my confidence bounced back too. The first thing I’ve noticed is that my business meetings are helping clients be more focused on their outcomes. With my partner, we are more focused on being present, the phone isn’t as mobile as it once was (I leave it on the bench). Slowing down has helped me be where I am – present in the moment.
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