“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” Mo Willems
I was doing that rapid buzz through e-mail thing so many of us do to cross a “to do” item off our lists when this gem of a quote brought me back to mindfulness.
It’s timely, of course (as so much is when we pay attention).
I’m in the process of “rewriting” my story on so many levels – but “leave” works too.
As referenced in a recent post, I’ve moved to Virginia (goodbye “wrong story” Connecticut). In addition, I’m realigning the business to put greater emphasis on writing services. There will always be a marketing component to what I offer, but I’ve decided to focus the promotional strategy on wordsmith talents.
“If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.” Is it really that simple? It is!
I’ve done it many times and imagine you have too. Life’s short, so why not to relish majority waking moments (OK – sleep’s good too)? Think about what stories you’re living that you should leave (or rewrite by delegating tasks you’d rather not be doing).
It’s no secret I’m a big believer in building teams for the fun that comes from reassigning tasks to better providers than you (who enjoy what you don’t).
What are you doing to find yourself in the wrong story?
- Are you struggling to prepare speeches that don’t feel right nor sound suitable?
- Have you procrastinated finishing an article opportunity because you’re short on skills?
- Is there an important letter (introduction, disagreement, pitch, recommendation, resignation, personal note to a loved one artfully expressing what you want them to hear, cover letter, etc.) you’ve been putting off because you can’t find the right words?
- Have you been asked to provide copy content for an important award nomination (for you or another) and don’t know where to start?
- Do you spend too much time writing while missing more important opportunities that call on your special skills?
- Does your business suffer because you don’t have time to craft missives to prospects, vendors, clients and centers-of-influence?
- Is it difficult for you to gain objective perspective for messages designed to resonate with your intended audience (and if they’re customers, lead them to buying decisions)?
- Is your brochure, home page, landing page or general communications outreach strategy failing to convert?
- Would you rather be working on the tasks you relish with confidence in a talented and trusted copy writer to handle what frustrates or bores you?
Hmmm – maybe we should talk.
Rewriting your story
Personally, I’ve always had a hard time understanding how anyone would choose to live life where majority time is spent doing loathed activities. Perhaps I’m lucky with an entrepreneurial spirit instilled at a young age. Still, this idea of grinding through 40+ hours a week unfilled for the so-called security of a paycheck (these days, employee seems to be a far less secure position than business owner) makes no sense to me.
I also don’t get the bandwagon of “personal development professionals” who claim it’s simply a matter of changing your attitude. No. People are wired differently. You don’t just decide it’s a new day and “voila”.
BUT, finding a way to spend your income earning hours doing tasks you relish and excel at (these are always related) isn’t so hard. If you don’t like your job, eventually, you’re going to be bad at it. If it feeds your soul, everyone will see this and want what you have. Finding people you can lean on for those tasks that don’t grab you can improve your quality of life substantially.
This is particularly relevant with entrepreneurial ventures. The way you spend your time (or dollars for the right team to make you look good) should put your personal focus on what you enjoy and where you excel. You’ll be amazed how quickly your mood, profits and opportunities improve when you offload those things you either weren’t doing or did badly to someone who can help make you shine.
Think about it. Who’s in a better position than you to write your life story in a way that makes you proud?
Sometimes it’s as simple as realizing it’s the wrong story then leaving it.
Whether that’s a different job or just redefining the one you have, delegating to edit your life is easier than you think. Plus, you’ll be amazed at how motivated you get to realize a return on even a small money investment made toward your dream.
Call me at (540) 400-7106 or e-mail NLevin@FulcrumNY.com if you think offloading those writing items could get you on a faster path toward realizing your dreams and getting out of the wrong story.