It occurred to me this week that I have been on a hamster wheel. I really did not know when I got here, but I know how. Since the beginning of the year when I decided to change my profit business into a foundation, I have been pushing, spinning, looking for what to do next.
The social media has me going crazy. To tweet or not? To Face book or not? How many blogs are enough to show that I am serious about my cause/ movement? How many newsletters are too little, or too many? I do not want to flood my readers, but I don’t want to lose them either. Can I tell one list about everything or do I have to split my message to fine tune my reach?
What to do when I find out that my newsletter provider, Mail Chimp gets upset and sends me nasty messages? How do I get my blogs out there so that my efforts are magnified without extra work?
If you have a business on the Internet you know exactly what I mean.
What if you don’t?
Does this hamster wheel thing still apply to you?
Well, are you working, inside or outside the home?
Do you have kids or a spouse?
Are you a single mom just trying to stay afloat?
Do you have aging parents who count on you?
Do you have siblings who don’t pick up any slack?
Do you have a job that drains you of your life force?
Do you have a boss from hell?
Shall I go on?
Ok then, do you have to leave your kids while you travel for your high profile job?
Has your husband lost his job and now resents that he is depending on you?
Ok, you get it, you really do get it.
What’s a girl to do?
Let me tell you about a wonderful coaching tool that Martha Beck taught me and uses relentlessly with her own clients.
It is called the 3 B’s:
Let’s start with bag it.
This simply means to let it go. Let it go if it does not provide anything that is useful to your family. Do you really have to scrub the tub every day? Do you have to fold everyone’s laundry? Do you even have to do everyone’s laundry? What would happen if your teenager had to wear clothes that were strewn on the ground because they did not know if they were clean? Who would care? If the answer is “yes, I would care” I must ask WHY?
Would you care because the school may think you are a bad mom? Would it mean you loved your child any less? Let me float something… would the world come to an end?
Ok let’s go to barter it.
Barter means to exchange something for something else. Are you a computer whiz? Do you have a friend who is pitiful with her computer but she is an excellent cook. Can you barter a few home cooked meals per week for some computer lessons? She might be so appreciative if you suggested that. Are you low on funds and cannot get those little perks like a haircut or an occasional manicure?
Can you approach the owner of the Salon and offer to Face Book her services and do some tweets so he can get some exposure? Do you get the picture? The other kind of barter is you exchange $ for a job you cannot do. At Christmas time I pay my wonderful handy man (my house hold husband) to take down the Christmas tree and to retrieve all the boxes from the attic. How does he know where it all is? Easy, he put them away last year. He actually knows more than I do about my Christmas stuff.
Now to Better it.
Better it means to make the experience a little (or a lot ) better by playing some tricks on yourself.
Let’s say you have to get a root canal and you hate the dentist. You cannot bag it or you will be in pain and your tooth will get worse and fall out. You cannot barter it, because no one can do it for you. How can you better it? You could take your iPod and make a play list of soothing music to help you through it so you won’t have to hear the sound of the dreaded drill. You could dab some perfume on your upper lip so you won’t smell that burning as much. You could go shopping after, or treat yourself to a massage right after the dentist and you could barter the massage for some social media exposure for the therapist.
I hope by now you are getting it. It just requires a little forethought. This little investment will reap huge results. Now I need to find someone to barter a full blown Thanksgiving Dinner… any takers? I am a really great coach, can you use some coaching for a home cooked meal?
Chew on that a while, no pun intended.
Love and light