Why Work Life Balance Is Overrated

Are you struggling to ‘have it all’, trying to figure out how to balance the demands of your work with the rest of your life? If you are, you’re doing it wrong…and today’s post will help you fix that! Read on…

I’ll be honest, I market A LOT to the phrase or pain point of ‘work life balance’ because, frankly, so many people are looking for THE answer…how? The problem is not how but why?

Why do you feel as though you need to separate your work from the rest of your life?

Your work should help you achieve your dreams. YOU are uniquely gifted and talented and placed to do work that matters and have an abundant life while you’re doing it. Just like a piece in a puzzle, you fit perfectly into that spot and you already have, or have access to, everything you need to do that ‘thing.’ And just like the empty spot in the puzzle craves the only piece in the box that will fill it…so to is your abundant life and work that matters calling to you!

So your work should constantly move you closer and closer to that abundant life…but you’ve compromised! Instead of doing work that matters, you’re doing work that pays the bills. You’re frustrated with some or all of it…but it’s a “good” job, so you keep showing up. Now you just want to find a way to segment it off and store it away from the rest of your ‘life’ so you can enjoy said life.

And herein lies the problem – you’re treating work and life like two separate things when in reality, work is just part of your life. Think about it, the only way you can balance two things is if they are, well, two different things!

Now for the scary part…how do you change? How do you find the work that feeds your abundant life…work that energizes you, activates your gifts and talents, and challenges you to be better every day?

The answer is simple but not easy.

First, you have to stop and listen. This is especially difficult during the holidays (but then again, maybe you have some time off coming!). Listen for what calls to you. What can you work on all day and still feel pumped up about when you finish? It may be a hobby, or volunteer work, or just a dream…but it’s there…listen.

Second, begin moving toward your abundant life. Maybe you need to start a side-hustle, maybe you need to sell off some excess crap, maybe you need to read a book or watch some videos (like mine?)…begin making baby steps in that direction. The first few steps are always the hardest because you’re changing momentum…but as you begin to take those steps, all of a sudden you will find momentum shifting into a new direction.

Finally, commit. Don’t say ‘someday’ or ‘next year.’ Do you realize that when the clock rolls over midnight at the end of this month that it is not only the end of the year but the end of the decade? Are you where you wanted to be by the end of the 2010’s?

If this message is resonating with you and you’re unsure where to go or what to do next, don’t worry. Many people have had the same question, including me. This has been a lifetime journey for me! And that thing that energizes me, that abundance that calls to me…is helping people find THEIR freedom and fulfillment!

So when you get stuck on where to go next, reach out. I’m more than happy to hop on the phone or video call, no-cost & no-obligation, to help you find the clarity and confidence you need to live the life and lifestyle you crave!

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Are you Optimistic or Do You KNOW? Setting Goals for 2020…

What is faith?

This is a question I’ve been working on for a while now, part of a bigger project to really examine the words we use a lot and maybe don’t “KNOW” what they mean. So I’ll ask again, what is faith…

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.”

Helen Keller

Today’s quote from Helen Keller takes a stab at answering the question and defines faith as optimism that leads to achievement. But I’ve come to understand it differently.

See, optimism still leaves room for it to not work out. I can be optimistic about an outcome that never happens. Faith, however, means it IS going to happen, just as certainly as something already written in history.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVmDgdW74rM

So what does all this mean to the business owner? To the entrepreneur? As we are nearing the end of 2019 and finishing up our plans for 2020…are you optimistic or do you have faith?

If you haven’t started on a plan for 2020 or you’re unsure about any aspect of it, I’d love to help you get started with a no-cost, no-obligation phone call. Just go to www.ThomRigsby.com/discovery to find out more and schedule your one-on-one call.

Grow Your Business In 2020 According to Tesla

For a lot of businesses just like yours, 2019 was a break-out year. The economy is red-hot, money is flowing, and people are talking about your business. But just like every wise business owner, you have some questions…How long will this last? What can I do to keep customers flowing? Will my business be able to survive?

According to Nicola Tesla, the secrets of the universe lie in energy, frequency, and vibration. In my personal experience owning and operating more than a dozen businesses and as a coach working with hundreds of client business owners and leaders I can attest that the secrets of business also lie in energy, frequency, and vibration!

Nikola Tesla quote. If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, vibration, and frequency.
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So if old Nick was still alive today, how would HE suggest you grow your business in 2020? Let’s take a look.

What Is the Energy Source Driving Your Business

Have you ever been to the DMV? When you left, did you feel energized or drained? What about a concert or a play? Energized or drained? I remember going to the theater when the original Rocky came out (yeah, I call it ‘experienced’!)…in the parking lot after the movie everybody was jumping around with their arms in the air…just like Rocky. Why?

How do your clients feel after they interact with your business? Energized or drained? If 2019 was your break-out year there is a good chance they are feeling energized because you are still new and different? Maybe you’ve been in business for a while and your customers are loyal…but not energized.

What about your team? Are they energetic or just idling through their day? In either case, why?

Energy flows both ways, from the business to the client and from the client to the business. If your team is drained, they will suck the energy right out of the client (ever gone to a restaurant hyped and excited and left tired and frustrated?). But if the team is amped up, they will have excess to give to your clients…and they will leave that interaction feeling better, maybe not knowing why but definitely able to attribute it to doing business with YOU!

As the leader of the business, YOU set the standard for energy and a high energy level is the first key to growing your business in 2020. Keep your energy high and be observant of the energy in the room. If the energy level is low, call a time-out and TAKE ACTION to bring up the energy!

Can You Feel the Vibes

All the energy in the world applied to the wrong problem will still be a losing proposition! Think about Wyle E. Coyote applying dynamite to the wrong cliff. Plenty of energy applied in the wrong place. Could your business grow if it applied energy in a different place?

Many businesses that don’t last miss one of the key principles of business, solving problems for other people (more on that in a minute). Instead, the owners get too infatuated with what THEY want to do instead of what THE CUSTOMER wants (yes, wants…not needs!).

Listen and be on the lookout for the vibes of the customer, those requests that will tell you exactly what they are looking for…then give it to them! Sure, you can test new things and introduce more options, but the most successful businesses in 2020 will focus on finding out what works, and doing more of that!

And speaking of finding out what works…you should also take a look at what didn’t work. What did you try in 2019 that didn’t produce the results you expected? Seriously ask yourself whether this is something you want to do or your customer wants? If they don’t want it, prune it! Don’t allow anything to ruin that good vibe with your customer!

As the leader of your business, it is your job to pay attention to what is working and what isn’t. Do more of what works and less of what doesn’t! To do that and grow your business in 2020, you have to be able to look up from the details of the business and stay connected with the market!

What Is Your Frequency

The energy in the business applied to solve the right problem for customers will create frequency in your market. This frequency shows up as one of the least understood and most underutilized resources available to business owners…what I call your Secret Salesforce…and they can be the difference between growing a business and shuttering a business!

It has long been accepted that word of mouth is the best form of advertising but businesses that are going to grow in 2020 will leverage it into much more. Your customers are your secret salesforce and they are always selling…either for or against you!

So, how do you activate your secret salesforce? Easy…in the words of Bonnie Raitt…you have to give them something to talk about! That one small pebble you drop in the pond (energy) creates ripples in the water (vibration) that can be heard far away on the shore (frequency). And all that occurs whether it is a good rock or a bad rock you drop in the pond.

Research tells us that, on average, a customer has to have upwards of seven positive experiences before they voluntarily share via social media (the new ‘word of mouth’). On the other hand, it takes less than three negative experiences before they’re tweeting about you.

As the leader of your business, you need to manage your customers’ expectations and ensure that your team is dedicated to making them positive! And when they’re not, get out in front of it and make the recovery a positive experience!

Making 2020 the Most Successful Year Ever

Reading all this is the easy part, now it’s time to put it into action… and that’s the hard part for this medium. The coaching and mentoring programs at Thom Rigsby Coaching are as unique as you, your goals, and your challenges. So if this strikes a chord with you, click on the link to book a no-cost, no-obligation, 30-minute Discovery Call. We’ll chat about where you are, where you want to go and start charting a course to get there!

May 2020 be your best year ever!

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Don’t Be Married To the Idea!

Do you think you have a good idea? Maybe even a GREAT idea? That’s awesome, but can you prove it?

Sorry to break the news, but your idea is worthless. It means nothing, has no value, and won’t earn you a dime. Now maybe that’s a little harsh, but it’s true. An idea is just that, simply thoughts in your head or pen scratches on paper of something you think could be great. It has no intrinsic value to anyone but you, and quite frankly, it’s just not that special.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjLNLw919_o

The reality is what’s special is YOU, your ability to execute that idea, and take it out of your head and into the world! It’s one thing to have an idea, but it’s your will to develop and work with it that defines its potential. You have to take that idea beyond just a cool pitch or talking point around the dinner table and turn it into something others are willing to get on board with! You have to transform it into something that inspires others to act now, and if you can do that, your idea has some merit behind it!

Until someone puts money in your hand, it’s just an idea, so take steps to make it something more. Work diligently to simplify it, boil it down to something you can execute, then go out and generate interest! Don’t sit around and mope that others don’t get it or just can’t see the vision. Put in the work and prove to the world that your idea is worth it!

You know what you’ve got and what you can do, so go out and get it done. Refine your inspiration and make it into something for others to get excited about! THAT is how you prove you have a good, no, GREAT idea!

Don’t Let Gratitude Trap You In the Past

Is it easy for you to be thankful and express your gratitude?

For years, part of my morning routine has included gratitude. In fact, I do my best to start each day’s journal entry with, “Today, I am grateful for…” I began that practice because gratitude and thankfulness are outbound emotions and by starting my day with those outbound emotions, I don’t get trapped thinking about ME!

But I think I’ve been doing it wrong! Are you?

In the past few weeks, I’ve been really digging into the concept of gratitude and I’ve made a discovery… when we limit our thanks to the things that have already happened, it forces us to live in the past…and the past is not where we’re going! Sure, be thankful for the things that have happened in your life (good and bad! but that’s another post). But that doesn’t help us move forward! So, what should we do?

Think about it this way, if you have an outcome you’d like to achieve (100 new customers, new job, new house…whatever) and you wish, hope, and pray for it…you’re basically saying, “Here I am, bring this outcome to me!” Those hopes and prayers are passive…you’re asking for it to be done for/to you!

Practicing REAL gratitude is being thankful for results not yet received! Saying thank you for things that are already yours, you’re just not there yet! This gives you a direction and vision to move toward! When you can approach gratitude in this way, it allows you to become an ACTIVE participant in creating the outcome instead of being passive and hoping it will happen to you.

So on this Thanksgiving Day 2019, I want you to begin practicing REAL gratitude for what is to come! Whether you are gathered around the table to enjoy a meal, working, or just hanging out with friends…when the time comes to share what you’re thankful for…share something that is to come. And then…

…share that coming result that you are grateful for in the comments below. I’d love to hear about where you’re going and what you are making happen in the final few weeks of 2019 and beyond!!

I Envision A Time When…

Why do you work? Can you clearly articulate the end-state you are striving to achieve?

It’s a simple enough question but one that will probably stump you. I’ve asked this question to hundreds, maybe thousands of people and the most common answers they have given fall into one of two categories: 1) to pay bills, or 2) um, because I’m supposed to.

It is exactly this lack of goals, absence of vision, that lead over 70% of employees to be mentally and emotionally disengaged AT WORK! They just don’t care.

Among business owners it’s slightly better…but not much. In a recent Reddit thread the question was posed, “Why did you start your business?” and the majority of answers centered around what the job allowed them to escape, not what it was providing for them.

So whether you are an employee or a business owner, it’s really easy to get trapped in the “it’s what I’m supposed to do” way of thinking. That’s not intentional thinking and will NOT produce the results you’re looking for!

The reality is, if you don’t have a clear vision of what YOU call success, you will just wander around, doing whatever looks interesting and never really reaching your full potential!

So instead, why not give this thought experiment a try. Grab a piece of paper and finish this sentence, “I envision a time when…” What are the criteria you will use to decide if your journey has been successful?

Not only will this make answering the WHY question easier, but it also gives you a great decision-making tool! Use it when you face a choice and ask yourself which option moves me closer to my vision of success…then choose that one! Over time, you just might get there!

Overcoming Limits (and Limiting Beliefs!)

Question of the day: What do you want to do but believe you are unqualified or unable to do?

Have you ever known someone who constantly believed they were falling prey to the latest malady in the news? Cancer from styrofoam cups? Yep! Flesh-eating bacteria? You know…my arm has been itching a lot…!

There is a medical condition known as hypochondria where your mind convinces you that you have a condition…so your body begins to act like you have that condition! It becomes a self-reinforcing condition!

So here’s my thought…if you mind is powerful enough to make you sick…why can’t you mind be powerful enough to make you well? Or in the context of your work or business…if your mind can prevent you from being successful, why can’t your mind assist you in being successful!?!?

You’ve probably heard the old axiom “fake it till you make it,” right? Well, there’s definitely a bit of truth in that. In EVERY successful endeavor, the first person you have to convince that it’s going to work…is YOU!

How many times have you seen a great opportunity but passes on it because of {insert your weak excuse here}!

STOP Doing That!

Instead, find the reasons why you should jump head-long into that opportunity and make it a winner. Remember, there are a million reasons why not, only one great reason why!

Drop a comment below and let us know what opportunity you are going to move on today! Make a commitment then take action to make it real! It’s the only way to change your future!

Is Your Dream Big Enough?

Did you share your dream with the world yesterday (see yesterday’s podcast)? If you did I have one question for you…is it big enough?

Let’s just say I’ve been coaching and helping people unleash their pent up potential for well over a decade and in that time I’ve learned many truths about coaching and getting the best out of people. Here’s one of them…if you shared your big, hairy, audacious goal with the world yesterday…there’s a VERY GOOD chance that you held back! Yep, I said it…you held back! Here’s why!

Even if you feel like you put it all out on the table…walked through the food court at the mall in your underwear (sorry for that visual but it works!), fearful as you may have been…there’s still more. See even if you laid it all out on the table yesterday for the first time, you’ve had that dream stored up for so long that you’re just not used to talking about it!

And if you did share it all, your dream bucket is exposed to the world, what kind of coach would I be if I didn’t challenge you to stretch!

You’ve already come this far, you’ve exposed your hopes and dreams this much, WHY NOT think bigger! Want to make $1 million? Why not $2 million? 100 new customers, why not 200? Hire a new technician, why not 2?

See, once you’re over the hurdle of sharing at all, it is time to REALLY share what the REAL dream is! So go ahead, update your dreams and BHAG’s in the comments!

I DARE YOU!

Unleash Your Potential

Are you living at your full potential? Is your business, your work, and your life as good as it could be? Even if the answer is “almost” then you still have work to do! Read on…

When energy is stored (like in a spring or a battery) and not used it is called POTENTIAL energy…potential because it is not being realized. You have the potential within you and it is stored in the form of a big, hairy, audacious goal…a BHAG…a dream that is so big and crazy that, until today, you have resisted even telling anyone else about it!

Well, today is the day you are going to share your big dream with the world. Here’s why…

Potential does nothing for anyone until it is released…but it can degrade. Over time an unused battery will lose its charge. A spring will be sprung (yep, that’s really what it’s called!) If you don’t begin releasing your potential TODAY you will begin losing it TODAY!

If you’ve been tracking with us all week, you know that Monday I challenged you to refine your BGAG into a clear concise sentence…Well, today is the day to share it with the world and what better place to start than right here!

Within the Thom Rigsby community you have people just like you, similarly situated to you, ready and willing to support YOU! Everybody here has a crazy, non-conformist dream, I just want you to be an UNASHAMED non-conformist!

So go ahead, drop that powerful sentence in the comments and let the rest of the community know what you will pursue and make a reality!

What Wants You?

What is the one thing that you keep coming back to, time and time again? It keeps calling to you and you just can’t get it out of your head? Have you ever wondered why that is?

Because you are uniquely gifted, talented and placed to have an abundant life and do work that matters, you are like a puzzle piece, uniquely shaped to fill a given spot in the masterpiece. That means you have at least one matching piece out there somewhere…and it is calling to you! Unless you answer that call and do you part, there will always be a gap, a hole, an unfinished piece! You don’t want that do you?

Someone needs to benefit from your contribution. They need the product you offer, the service you provide, they need to hear what YOU have to say!

But answering that call will lead you into the unknown, the unfamiliar, and therefore will be at least a little bit scary! But hey, what great accomplishment comes without risk!

Indeed, as Emerson said, everything you want is out there and it also wants you. Like two magnets you will be drawn together to create something much greater than either one on your own can produce. Just think what great things you could do if you redirected your focus away from maintaining the status quo and toward success!

Go forth boldly today, with confidence, and pursue that which you desire…it’s trying to find you too!