I was in Las Vegas a few weeks ago celebrating my friend’s 40th birthday and while exploring Freemont Street, I saw this sign in front of a street artist’s booth. My heart sank.
I was drawn in by his art. But rather than staying intrigued with it, this sign turned me off completely.
Why? Because when people try to draw me in through pity instead of giving value, I don’t stay engaged.
While I appreciate people’s ability to make a bold ask, I don’t buy things out of pity or being guilted into it.
My old-old-old life: My soul was dying in my corporate life doing the “responsible” thing. (Extreme end of the pendulum.)
My old-old life: I attempted to meditate my way to money. It didn’t work. (The other end of the pendulum)
My old life: I hustled faster to make money. I made six figures but then I got burned out big time. (Back to the other end of the pendulum.)
My new life: I stopped chasing the extremes of the pendulum and stopped long enough to receive what I had actually asked for. I have a growing 6-figure business, BUT more importantly, I love my life. I love my business. I love what I do. I have freedom. (I balance what works and pause long enough to receive.)
Keep people in the question.
That was the best advice I ever received when was studying how to be a better coach a decade ago.
Then I really learned the power of asking questions, instead of making conclusions about the “right” way to figure out a problem.
This principle is not just for expanding your intuition and joy, it’s also ideal for knowing the best strategies for your business. Notice that I didn’t say the “right” strategies, but the BEST strategies for you.