Take a break

The folks over at Online Business Degree have put together this super cool visual illustration on the importance of taking breaks. Love it. 

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The ABC index for choosing clients

I used to take any client that had a checkbook. That was the early days of my business, when every dollar mattered and I was working in fear and needy mode. I soon leaned that just because a client has money, it does not always mean they are a good client to work with. 

I needed to come up with an index that could help me make the decision if the client I am about to engage in is a good fit. I wanted a simple tool that will help me examine the most important values I look for in a client.

In your creative business, having a clear index to use when you are creating clients will help you filter out the bad apples from the bunch. This means that you must put yourself first and make a decision that comes from a place of loving your business, not desperation and neediness.

The index that worked best for me, and one that I often teach my clients is the ABC index. This index contains three simple questions that you can ask yourself when you examine a prospect and its fit with your business.  

A - Artistic :: Is working with this client going to allow us to be most artistic and creative?

B - Business :: Does it make business sense to take this client on? In other words, is the budget right? Are the terms OK?

C- Compatibility :: Do I like this client as a person? Is this someone I would want to cook dinner for?

If you are not getting a solid YES to any of these questions, chances are you're about to get into a client nightmare situation. I have yet to see a healthy client relationship that doesn't fit this index. 

In your business, what's your index?

The can't vs. the want to

Last year I started taking drum lessons. I often like to put myself in a student position mostly to remind me about and help me practice patience, humility and being present. 

My teacher is a young man in his early thirties who has been playing drums since he was 13 years old. Needless to say, he rocks. 

I knew I signed up to learn a new skill but what I didn't realize at the time was that I am about to get a whole lot of life wisdom from the process.  

My coach once told me ”how you do anything is how you do everything” so learning to play the drums has been a great way for me to see how I show up in the world. 

In my last session I was horrified to hear myself say the two words I never allow my coaching clients to say: ”I can't!” When my teacher instructed me to try a new beat (which he just beautifully played), a somewhat complicated Latin groove, I went into auto pilot and without even hearing myself say it, the words flew out of my mouth. 

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