I'm getting ready to do something new. Well, no. Not new necessarily. Maybe it's more like I'm working on doing things better. So, I'm dialing down the noise - the constant social media chatter, the avalanche of emails, the marketing and pitches and webinars and easy monthly payments for the help of the next expert. I've been making sure I'm connected to my clients on all the social media platforms we have in common, then going through Twitter to turn off any mobile notification that is not from a client, my networking groups, my mastermind members, my accountability partner and the important but long-distance friends I actually keep up with. That still sounds like a lot, but my phone has been steadily getting quieter so it's working.
I'm in all sorts of Facebook groups, and even finally started ( though not yet promoted) my page for On-Call Editing while I was at it. But I'm not going to be checking on many of those groups for awhile. Coach Ya Damn Self? Yes. Brand Ya Flava? Absolutely. There are a couple more that are vital to what I am doing right now, but the rest I'll see when I have a moment to scroll the homepage.
As for email, I created a new gmail account strictly for the plethora of business people I have allowed to talk at me. I do enjoy a great many of them, but they needed to get out from among the friends, notices from my kids' schools and coupons for my (and my kids') favorite stores. Slowly but surely, I am making that shift as well.
I suppose, when I think about it, I've sorta been in prep mode. Though she doesn't know it yet, I'm even going to press pause on my life coach (who is also the mentor coach I will need when I finally start that training later this year) until September because I'll be starting with my new business coach this month. While I will still hear from the gurus and even listen to the handful of live people with whom I connect weekly, sometimes daily, I'm going to let my business coach take center stage for now and allow myself to make some things stick. I’m pretty sure I've said who he is before. I think I may have even blogged his name. But I'm feeling a little "mine mine mine" right now. No offense. If you follow me on social media, you'll probably figure him out. After all, I just gave you a clue there, didn't I? 😉
But before he and I start, I thought I'd speculate about what's about to happen because I think I know some of it, based on past emails, but I’m pretty sure I won’t know as much as I am thinking I do right now. And here’s the thing: That’s part of the intrigue. When I first heard him, it was instantaneous for me. He spoke my language and sounded approachable. When he spoke, he understood my goal before I said it out loud to him. That is really cinched it for me. He told me I could in fact do things exactly the way I wanted to do them even though normally you hear the opposite advice. Since then, in the months since we first connected, he’s been keeping tabs. Exactly what I do. I love that. I’ve shared that I’m doing great. I’ve shared some frustrations. Either way, he’s super confident he has a plan to get me where I want to go and I am mega curious to find out what it is.
In addition to the plan, I suspect there is a focus on the inner work that helps keep a person aligned and on target, and I am absolutely in line with that way of thinking. So is he going to try to cure me of being a night owl? He might and I will happily hear him out on that (and I'm not going to pretend like I secretly long to be a morning person either, because I don't). I am imagining he’s going to have all kinds of thoughts about the very things I have been trying (and failing) to keep consistent in my life, no matter how busy I am; things that matter to me but sometimes it’s basic needs only because I REALLY want to make some headway on that book. Lots of reactive living, I know, which isn’t sustainable. Nor do I want it to be. There is a wholeness that I have been trying to implement. I’ve certainly got all the pieces and I run around to all of them over time, but I imagine there is a way to get it all to flow better in a regular way so that I can feel like I am touching on all those things and I am constantly tuned up because of it. It all sounds a little impossible because I know I don’t fritter away my time as it is. I love to binge watch as much as the next person, but my TV may see me once in a week. If I’m really drained, it may get my whole Saturday or Sunday – rarely both. Usually, I’m doing SOMETHING, but I’m sure there’s a better way and I think that’s what he’s trying to bring to me.
So I’m excited to hear him out. The plan, as they were saying on “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” (see? I do binge watch stuff.) is radical honesty. There are things I want to see change, so let’s not waste this opportunity, Monica. What’s the saying? When the student is ready, the teacher appears? That feels about right. I’ll let you know how it goes.