Sure, it’s nice getting paid for doing a good job, but that’s often not enough. If you truly enjoy helping people reach their goals, you’ll receive a financial and intrinsic reward.
You’ll quickly realize that one approach doesn’t work for every client. People absorb information in a variety of ways so you’ll need to discover and implement adaptive teaching methods. Although this process may be time consuming, you’ll be much more willing to do so if you have an emotional investment in the outcome.
You’ll need to remember people are hiring you to help them make progress toward a goal. Once they meet that goal, your services may no longer be needed. Can you find joy in this completion as opposed to being upset about losing income?
You’re also in a rare position to get a great deal of feedback about the value you provide. Many professionals have to wait for a monthly, quarterly, or even annual review that is comprised of feedback from just a few people. Of course, this feedback won’t all be positive. If you truly enjoy helping people, you’ll be able view negative feedback as an opportunity to improve the quality of your work. In the best situations, this feedback is extremely detailed, providing specific guidance on how to further hone your craft. Keep in mind, some people are just miserable, and their negative feedback has nothing to do with you.
It’s easy to sacrifice a workout when you know just one more email might land you a new client. Or, to get caught up in the “hustle harder” way of thinking and ignore your personal relationships.
Don’t do it.
Eventually, you’ll break down. You can’t operate at your best without a self-care routine. Plan your days, weeks, and months with that in mind.
This will be good for your health and your business. If you’re constantly stressed out from being overworked, it’s going to have a negative impact on your personality. If you are a coach or consultant, that can have severe consequences. Most clients want to work with people who are good at their job and are genuinely nice to be around. You can’t show up as the best version of yourself without a maintenance routine.
The moments you set aside to hit the gym, meditate, or whatever you need to do to take care of yourself will help you yield even greater results than spending that time working.
You’ll also need to block off time for vacation. An extended period of rest will leave you recharged and ready to continue building your business. This can be challenging to do as a consultant since you’re essentially trading time for money. For this reason, you’ll need to adjust your rate accordingly. You have the opportunity to design your business around your life as opposed to designing your life around your business. There’s no reason you can’t be happy, healthy, and successful.