What a Skipping Turtle Means to Your Bottom Line
We all know the story about the tortoise and the hare. What we don’t know is that the turtle, while always portrayed as being a slow and steady guy, was not just slow and steady but had a great attitude as well. OK, we don’t really know that – but what if?
Many of the books and studies out now are based on solid evidence that makes a great case for doing one small thing every day, and that, over time, will produce great results. Habits are based upon the same premise. Say I want to increase my client base. I know that actually talking with five people every weekday will help me grow my business to the size I want. I know it will take me an average of one hour a day. So I commit to spending one hour every weekday on making these contacts. No more no less, every day. OK, I can do that. Here’s the rub. Once I got going I found myself feeling as if this was one more %$%#%$# thing I had to do. Just plodding along doing my “duty”, like that tenacious turtle.
Then one morning while meditating I thought, what if the turtle was skipping? Maybe not every step every day, but he just threw in a little skip or two here and there to mix it up? What if he started his journey in a happy place? Just because he could. What the heck – I tried it. Wahoo! What a difference a skipping attitude makes. I realized I can do this with anything. Connecting with potential clients today, and working out tomorrow. Not only has this hour become much more fun, but it has already resulted in richer connections. And really, if I am honest, the outcome is not the primary point – it's about the quality of my hours. These hours are priceless. I will never get them back. It goes back to increasing my bottom line. A bottom line is not just about business.
Are your turtles skipping?