Quitters Win

Quitters Win.

by Rachel on January 31, 2014

Sometimes letting go of something is the best thing you can do.

Letting go of the job. The relationship. The client. The clothes that no longer fit.

I love to quit things, it is freeing. But the great, free feeling comes after the quitting. Before quitting there is fear.

“Am I doing the right thing?” we ask ourselves.

Echos of childhood “Never give up” . . .renditions of the “Little Engine that Could” play through our heads . . . the persistent feeling that you should persevere and keep trucking along make it difficult for us to quit.

To be clear – I’m not talking about giving up because something is hard or throwing in the towel when you just don’t feel like doing the work to get what you truly desire.

There is a difference between giving up and quitting.

Giving up is what we do when it gets hard and we don’t have the strength. It’s caving . . .acquiescing and not going on, when going on is what we most desire.

Quitting is when you stop doing what isn’t serving you. When you know you aren’t on the right path. When you do what is best for you – even when it doesn’t seem logical.

“Elegance is when there is nothing left to add, and nothing left to take away.”

~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

 I love this.

I love the elegance of letting go of what isn’t working in my life.

I let go this week.

I let go of a client.

One that I enjoy working with. I looked forward to our weekly meetings. I adore her body of work.

But I was craving mental space to create my own body of work. And while I loved speaking with her, I had a persistent feeling that the work wasn’t the right path for me at this time.

I craved space to move into different phases and I realized that it was time to let go.

And now I feel free. . .

. . .and exciting things are opening up.

When you make space in your life for what you truly desire – it will start to show up.

Quitters win.

What do you need to let go of?

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Don't be a robot

The danger in quantifying everything

by Rachel on September 16, 2013

I love numbers and tracking things. My major was accounting.

 

I love numbers enough to study how to track them for years. A lot of love.

 

I also love strategy – and getting all the potential off the table.

 

But when everything is quantified and you squeeze out the last drop of money you become a robot. It is a mechanical way to approach people and reduces the magic of connection.

 

When you try to suck all the potential money out of your customers, there is a desperation.  Your customers can smell the desperate on you. 

 

People know when you treat them like a profit center. They can feel it.  

Just like your wife knows when you are treating your relationship like a transactional needs exchange – your customers know when you are looking at them like meat. 

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