Tomorrow will be my 5th day with clients here in Washington DC. This is the second week this fall of Monday - Friday work doing what I love. I'd do it 20 days a month, if I could.
The opportunity to "meet you where you are, and grow from there" is the gift that I have hoped to receive for over 9 years.
In fact, about 10 years ago - working for another consultancy - one of the principals actually told me that it wasn't possible to work this much. That I could not do it. And, for goodness sake, there was no way to line up 5 days of work in one week!
(It's funny, seems they forgot I was a high school teach before that. I worked for more than 165 students a day, 20+ days a month for ten months, and then I usually did some work during summer school as well!)
Well, I'm living proof that anything is possible, if you put your mind to it.
Possible. Not free. But, with a little extra effort and a whole lot of focus, we have been able to create something that we only dreamed of before.
How do we do it?
The same way I coach my clients and teach in my workshops.
Do the work that will get you there. Here's a way I'm framing it for one of our premium www.GetMomentum.com members:
This is a way of changing your rhythms.
Seriously, give yourself an intentional week. Starting this Sunday night, I want you to consider the magic 37 hours of the week.
These are "about" the number of hours most folks actually have to get things lined up for themselves, connect with their loved ones, do those things they most enjoy. These are the hours you have to "be" you, so you can get back to those other hours during the week to "do" you.
Here's how I'm coaching the recently promoted manager I just started coaching. We will work together over the next 6 months working on what I observed him doing two days this week.
For 11 hours on Monday and 12 hours today, I was within earshot of most of his time. (There were a couple of confidential meetings I waited outside the room for.)
I got to see it all. We ate together. We talked about his roles. We ran together at the end of the day. We shared stories. I watched every move I saw his staff make. And now, I'm preparing his "portfolio."
Activity one is going to be a very important awareness-building exercise. Quite simply, I need for us to be very aware (and objective) of his 37 hours each week.
How about you? Are you willing and able to do this kind of "honesty checking?"