Some of you may have notice that for the past 3 weeks, there was nothing under my usual posts of Motivational Mondays. Here’s why.
Frankly, I have been so incredibly un-motivated myself over the past few weeks that I thought it would be highly unfair of me to post something motivational when I myself have been, well, frankly, tired and frustrated.
See, at the beginning of the year, I scheduled out a lot of my Motivational Mondays and had them auto-post, with calendar reminders in Mid-February to make more Motivational Monday posts for March, April & May.
It didn’t happen. I was becoming so frustrated with everything going on that I allowed that schedule to slip. I started putting actions like those posts off to deal with all the other ‘emergencies’ that kept popping up.
Problem is, most of those other emergencies belonged to other people. I had taken down my boundaries and allowed myself to deal with everyone else’s issues and neglect mine.
Don’t get me wrong – I love most of my clients that I’ve worked with over the years. But a few years ago, I came to the realization that I needed to put boundaries in place for my own sanity. I can’t help everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I need time to relax too!
And since about the end of January, I focused so much on providing as much value as I could to my clients, I forgot to take time for me and both my personal AND business needs!
You would think that the more I was available, the harder I worked and the more I gave, my clients would appreciate my sacrifices. Logical, right? Work harder = bigger rewards.
Turns out the exact opposite was true.
Instead, I was blamed for things outside my realm of work and treated like an employee stealing from the company. Until finally, things simply came to a head and I parted ways with my client. Frankly, I’m sad about that. I enjoyed the work, I enjoyed the people I worked with and I enjoyed the interaction with my client.
And now that I have more time on my hands, I realized just how much I had allowed to slip by.
In a way, I’m grateful, because it showed me that I need to be firmer in my beliefs and boundaries. It’s also taught me to focus more on what I believe in and what I want to work on.
And it’s amazing to see what the Universe brings to take care of those situations. One ill-matched client has been traded for one that values what I bring to the table, and is willing to compensate me appropriately for it.
Your customers are the same way. If you’re giving it all to your customers and clients and are getting the short end of the stick all the time, then it’s time you got rid of some of them. Time for a haircut. Raise your prices and start looking for customers that are going to value not only what you’re bringing to the table, but will value you as a person as well.
So just say NO to ill-matched customers and YES to those that value you.
And Motivational Mondays will begin again this Monday to help keep you inspired all week long. Why? Because even I need some Motivation too!