I bore myself (and others probably) by saying that ‘It’s not a rehearsal’
Sometimes it’s hard to make every day at work exciting, exhilarating or downright inspiring, however, if you work for yourself (doing what you enjoy and having complete control over your time and resources) means that you can have a damn good try.
Frankly, I feel for the people who go to work and then come home again and their emotional level throughout the day remains at fixed at ‘neutral’. WHERE’S THE FUN IN THAT?!
You’re put on this earth for 80+ years if you’re lucky. Chances are you’ll be working 40+ of those… that’s 90,000 hours of your life (and yes, I removed weekends and holidays). For goodness sake – let’s enjoy it!
It occurred to me yesterday that it is possible to have a business adrenaline rush. You know that feeling… the one where you feel great, feel alive and are so pleased with yourself you don’t want the day to end. This wouldn’t work every day for sure – (or your family would likely disown you on grounds of being unbearable) – but you can plan on making them happen fairly regularly.
Here are ten suggestions to lighting the blue touch paper – it’s fair to say all are based on personal experience.
- Listen to your heart beating during the ring tone before an important call to someone you’ve never spoken to before.
- Make an audacious appointment with someone famous, someone you admire, someone who could help you in business. And get it.
- Make the phone call you’ve been putting off because you’ve been afraid of rejection. Savour the feeling afterwards when it wasn’t as bad as you thought.
- Get a signature on a month-changing deal.
- Arrange meetings so close together in a day you have to run between them.
- Move a step closer to signing a year-changing deal.
- Stand up and talk to an audience, ever so slightly unprepared and use your experience to get you through.
- Say no to a client, because you’re right and leave with your head held high.
- Plan a mini-retirement – and have confidence that your clients will still be there when you get back.
- Be so inspired by a book, person or idea that you set your alarm even earlier than normal.
- BONUS: Invite someone, not expecting it, out for dinner and create a new relationship which may just lead places.
Any other suggestions?