No one ever likes to admit bad behaviors. They are often associated with Frustration, Anger, Disappointment and Failure. They are difficult to change and harder still is locating the root or origin of the problem. Empirically, successful Change is a result of strong Emotion brought about by Realization, Health Concerns, Life Change, Feelings of Inadequacy/Opportunity, etc. The Process and Plan are very important, but the Trigger must transfer to something much stronger internally to achieve sustainability. It has to become part of you. It can be a wonderfully Positive and Powerful Journey, but it is rarely easy...
Recently, Jamie Damon and I attended a Conference and were asked to consider a great many things about the Financial aspect of running a Business. Some were regarding "Systems" while others were directed towards Decision-Making. One of the questions caught me off-guard for a number of reasons. They asked, in a linear thread, one right after the other: Do you Educate your Clients? (Yes-We Try!) Do your Clients seek out more Information? (Yes-very cool) Do you have a Website? (Yes) Do you Write on your Website? (Not really-I used to). I realized that not only do I not write on the Website as often as I should, and not only do we spend enough time making a our Website a resource for current and prospective Clients, but that also my "Plan" for working on the Informational portion of the Business was poor.
Poor may not even be a strong enough word. I didn't mark-down Time on my Calendar each week or on my To-Do Lists Daily. I assumed there would be enough time to do something that should have a greater priority to me. I was Wrong. Repeatedly. One of our favorite phrases is: "It's not the Behavior that concerns me as much as why you don't Change it". This applies directly to me. I knew my Plan was sloppy and inefficient, but I did not Change. That is a Problem.
I take Pride in Working Hard. I like our Business because of the People we Teach, Coach and Help. The Days start early and end late and I Love it. I like that most of my "Early" Mornings are earlier than most, and a 3:22am Alarm is exciting, not sad or upsetting. If I am to be the "Hard-Worker" that I am Proud of, then my Needs and Wants have to be managed correctly. I Want to be in the Gym Coaching, Interacting and Enjoying each moment. Sometimes, I Need to be at the Computer: Writing, Thinking and Making Sure our Message is Clear. I am here Today doing just that. I will put my best foot forward. How long this lasts, I am unsure, but I have recognized and Evaluated my Plan...and made it Better. It starts with a Simple Step, Take One with Me Won't You?