Holy Moly! Yikes! OMG!
What the heck was I thinking?
I totally missed this month’s newsletter publication date. I can’t believe I did that! I wish I could say it was because I didn’t know what to write, or that I was procrastinating, or that I was waiting on someone else to get me information, or (best of all) that I was too busy selling houses. And, although I have been busy selling houses, none of these is reason for my oversight.
And that got me to thinking.
I am wondering if any of you reading this newsletter have the same hang-up that I do: I absolutely hate to admit (confess?) that an obligation was missed because I have a personal life that was a bit out of control. Do you play down (or ignore) your personal obligations when you are conducting your business? I always have.
I think of myself as a “professional”. I make my business, my clients, and my obligations a priority. I don’t let myself make excuses when I don’t meet my obligations. And when I miss a business obligation, I absolutely HATE admitting that it was because I was attending to personal matters. The fact of the matter is that running a business would be so much easier if my personal life wouldn’t interfere. As a “professional”, I have never allowed myself to acknowledge the demands of my personal obligations. I have always perceived them as being in conflict with my business obligations.
But reality is that I have a personal life. And sometimes it gets the better of me. I have come to realize that the concept of work - life balance is a fallacy. As much as I would like to have a compartment for everything and pay equal attention to each part, that is not the way life or business happens. In reality, there is no such thing as a balanced life. There is only what we have in front of us at the present moment. And there are priorities. And, in my case, overload.
Missing the deadline for this newsletter issue has caused me to consider that maybe I need to change my approach to this conundrum. And then I had an ‘aha’ moment. In keeping with the season, I must admit that I kind of felt like the Grinch when he realized that he couldn’t stop Christmas from coming. I puzzled and puzzled and puzzled some more…..
Maybe, being a true professional is being able to say, “I need to pay attention to my personal side right now.” And then do it. Without a bunch of guilt or remorse. Life happens. We do the best we can. And everything will work out.
That is my story and I am sticking to it!
Real Estate Consultant
Keller Williams Realty
The Robin Team
NAWBO Ventura County