Detours and Diversions

I am sure it’s happened to you too?

You know exactly where you want to get to—you even have the map—then something unexpected happens… the road is closed.

You get diverted. It might be a technical detour, it might be a timing detour, it might be a team detour, it might be a marketing detour… but it is just a detour—you’re still headed the same way. Or at least that’s the plan…

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What I know about flow

I would love to tell you that I wake up in ‘full flow’ every single day and do my Thing with no distractions, interruptions or procrastination on my part. I would love to tell you that–except, of course, it’s not true.

What is true is that I know what to do, or at least what usually ‘helps’, to shift me into flow mode. It’s not always the same set of actions, but there are a few things I can choose from.

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Where do you fit in?

Be clear where you ‘fit in’ to your prospect’s thought string and solution process to their problem(s).

It might be that you’re the person that they need AFTER they’ve worked with someone else. It might be that you’re the person they need FIRST or LAST with different work needing to happen after or before. And you need to tell them that. You need to make it VERY clear where you fit in as the answer to their problem.

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Taking the chances

I’d like to be able to tell you that everything that happens in business is all very organised and proper and happens as part of a process. And it does—most of the time. But sometimes you have to take chances and see opportunities for what they really are. And sometimes they won’t make perfect sense but you just know they are what you have to do.

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Sometimes you just don’t know

You don’t always know the answers

Sometimes you don’t know what’s around the corner

And it’s pretty likely that you don’t know what’s on the end of your nose (until you find your Thing of course!) :)

And the ‘not knowing’ is not a problem. Really. Learn to look out and allow…

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Buying a course doesn’t make it happen

Now, hands up, I’ve got a very good selection of online courses in my collection of which a fair few (OK, pretty much all of them) haven’t been totally completed. Sometimes I buy them when they’re on special as I’ll ‘need them later’ (which is sometimes true), or I buy them as it’s something I think I ‘should be doing’ (and often actually I don’t do…). That is not to say I never log in to online courses and follow the content–as I do. And sometimes I’m even a really good student–watching every class, asking questions and getting the most from the content. But the point is always that the courses themselves don’t fix anything on their own–you have to do the work.

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