It's another beautiful day in paradise and as soon as I'm done here, it's time for a dash on the mountain bike before phase two of this awesome day begins; in my humble opinion it's well-deserved. Personal rewards and celebrations are essential.
What's This About Plummeting Rank?
Well, funny old thing, but the start of the lock down here in France coincided with a sharp increase in business and related projects. I notice today that my WA rank has dropped from somewhere close to 30 down to 248 today. Oh dear C'est La Vie, such is life.
I will get on to business in a minute but first, I thought I would share how life looks from here in the south of France right now. Normally on workdays, I am alone. I can record video, make client calls and do everything I need to without so much as the sound of a pin drop in the office, only the occasional passing car through the village, lawn mower, tractor, chainsaw . . . disturbs the peace. Tranquil bliss.
Then came social distancing and all it's baggage
Now I am one of seven in the household and one of those needs frequent supervision to maintain focus on her "teletransmitted" school work. It's fair to say that the others are getting a little tetchy too even though movement restrictions have been relaxed in our "green zone".
We've noticed a lot of changes in the children. In the beginning they thought it was a healthy buzz. Today, well, not so much of a healthy buzz and they have even stopped asking for movie time at inappropriate times. The creativity of mum and dad has been heavily challenged and to be honest, we really need a day at the beach, in the mountains, just out. No more movies, please.
I'm so grateful for my mountain bike. My escape to sanity and nature, and I am no longer limited to rides within 1-kilometer of our rural home. I had a very flexible idea of 1-kilometer during the height of lock down. Call it creatively re-scaling the map. Not that I ever see people out on the trails on weekdays. There's another joy of working from home, I ride when it fits into the day.
Down To Business
As I said at the start of this post, I've enjoyed a sharp increase in business. I've made a few videos with Ger & Siobhan Leijan (Ger is a WA member), a few of my own, written well-over 20K words on my website recently and the paying client sessions that came to an end have been replaced with new clients. In August, I will be interviewed on a live Webinar with a huge audience which fills me with joy and excitement. All of that is exciting and has given me much to celebrate.
Of course none of that success would be possible without Passionate Action in the right directions. Goals without plans are just dreams, right? Some of those plans come from the training here at Wealthy Affiliate, some from my background and experience and significantly from a team of remarkable individuals who are members of the Tony Robbins speaking team. I'm talking motivation on steroids and I'm already a motivated person.
Investment in Self
I work in the personal development industry so if I didn't invest in self I would be a fraud. Having said that, whatever the industry or niche any of us work within demands that we need to pay plenty of attention to our own growth. I'm not going to go on about that here and I've written plenty of posts about it in the past.
Robin Sharma said "investment in self is the best investment you will ever make", the added bonus to that is that self-investment also impacts the people we serve, family, friends, business partners . . .
Impact and Serve
I know precisely what my products are and how they can Impact and Serve my ideal client. Not everybody is my ideal client, as much as I might like them to be. Think about it like this. If I owned a bookstore and sold self-help books, there's no point trying to sell to a person who is not interested in their personal development. Maybe they will at some point in the future so the best I can do is keep them on a contact or mailing list.
An example of this is a person who as far as I remember, never liked or commented on my Facebook posts until recently I received a message which grew into a new paying client. We may not always be aware but, people are watching what we do and what we say.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this short ramble and maybe you discovered a takeaway. I truly hope you are safe and well as we navigate these uncertain times. Yet, one thing is certain. Many people still need your positive service.