So yesterday I was thinking about how I wanted to finish up this week and one of my mentors, Rhonda Hess, posted this on Facebook:
When you have a successful business you become picky about who you coach, where you speak publicly, where you network, and how you market. You treat every hour of your time as if it were equal to a large sum of money and make sure that for every effort you're getting a high return on your investment. Why not start those good habits now and see what happens?”
Rhonda Hess is the Prosperous Coach; if you have read some of my past blogs, you know her encouragement to find a web name that describes you is why I’m the Rocker Life Coach. She posted the question above yesterday and it made me think.
To make an investment in anything in life you must put something – money or time – into something you do not have yet. We have to start somewhere; we have to take a risk. We need to do this when we think we don’t have a chance without it, but we need to invest before we start feeling like it.
So many times I talk with people and ask them to make the investment in building their life to a better place. This is why so many clients become so much better after they take action. Coaching and coaching programs are designed to do just that. When you invest your time or money you will work harder because you do not want to lose that investment.
I started Rocker Life Coach in the spring of 2010, but I really started coaching many years ago according to Zig Ziglar. Over the past three years I have offered “Free” Coaching to many people; they always have an excuse to why they can’t get started and I know it’s because they never have anything invested.
This made me think that just everyone is successful; they just have a different description of success than I do. For some, success means they can buy a toy; others call it success when they can have money to buy beer on Friday. I think of success when I take what I have and invest to learn more.
Just last week I ran into someone I worked with many years ago. He was still doing the same job; he still was telling me how he wished he could live the life I do. He then asked if I would share my secrets with him. Of course, that’s the idea of coaching. The same day, Charlotte Ann met with me for three hours, investing in her future and asking me how to improve. She then invested her time into her new programs, time into building a business while she is looking for a new job.
So many people will not jump at the chance to make the investments needed, they will go to everything rather that invest the time to find the places that are right, just like Rhonda mentioned yesterday on facebook, “ why not start that now?”
When you ask me for places you need to go to get your business running, take a serious look at what I recommend. My friend Andrea Adams Miller did that for me last month when she recommended I attend a boot camp by James Malinchak. I want to say it was not easy for us to take money out to get hotel rooms, to get flights and to pay for meals. I made the investment to learn more. I came home from the event and made changes in things I do that already bring more money in.
A few months ago Craig Duswalt told me to invest in his boot camp. I had done things with Craig but had never been to his boot camp live. I made that investment, and then with what I learned I was able to create our RockStar Dream Life Seminars and started with the first one in Dallas. I was able to make that money back from investing in Craig’s boot camp.
Now I have new clients who are seeing their investments come back in a matter of weeks. It makes me think back to the second day I was dating Gwynne. I received an email from Brian Tracy that had a quote from Thomas Edison that made the difference to how I do so many things now. Even Gwynne and I pursue so many things farther when we don’t feel like it because we think of this quote:
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Thomas A Edison
So let’s finish this week up with a challenge from me to you: We talked about investments of time and money. Look at where you spend your time; ask yourself this question: where is this investment of time going to pay me back later? Is this a cost or an investment? Let’s say the average person lives to age 87. So take the number 87 and subtract the age you are now, with each investment of time think of that as how much you have left in time and ask yourself the importance of this investment of your time.
Also look at the money you spend each day. I show people in my seminars how to clean out clutter in life. Many of them say they cannot afford things but spend hundreds of dollars on cigarettes and snacks that are no good for their bodies. Even I had to look at how much I spend at Starbucks each week and cut that out to afford the investments I want to make to better my life. And I am cutting back on things I spent money on that are not returning the investment after a certain time. Time and money are important to me. To live a RockStar dream, we have to invest in those areas that help us to do so.
Decide that it’s time to start investing in you. Think in line of return on investment, what it will pay you in the long run. If someone is just wasting your time, stop letting them. If someone is taking your money and the service is not equal to the pay you give stop that service, get out of that contract. Have a great weekend.