Nearly 30 years ago, I had a lucrative law practice that was, literally, killing me.
I wanted to keep the income flowing but cut my hours from 60 plus a week down enough that I could spend quality time with my wife and two little girls, but I didn’t know how to make that work. If I added help, my income went down. If I reduced my hours, important deadlines were missed.
I was frustrated, stuck, and burnt out, but I didn’t know how to fix it. So, I continued doing what I was doing until I nearly killed myself and my girls in a car accident I could easily blame on exhaustion and distraction. Shortly after that, I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
There has never been any doubt in my mind that the year of pain and disability I suffered was directly caused by the stress and hopelessness my career had been creating. I’m certain that my body looked down the road and said, “30 more years of THIS…No WAY!”
It took three near-death experiences—all in that same year—to get me to change what I was doing and find a way to make money without the long hours and the stress. I found my way into insurance and financial services and into training and then coaching and have not faced another Monday morning with dread ever since.
And I could not have done any of that without the help and guidance of the coaching that I invested in.
My near-death experiences and year of disability taught me some lessons:
1. If you’re frustrated and stressed out about how your business is going—at whatever stage you’ve reached, don’t wait to do something about it.
2. You will have to invest in a solution, so be prepared to do that. But your only investment in the beginning is time to explore resources. You don’t have to commit until you believe the solution will work for you.
3. If part of the problem is that you don’t believe in yourself, get help with that.
Every day I talk with advisors who have reached a point in their career where they are stuck, frustrated, and burning out, who won’t even explore the possibility of investing in the help they need to break through that.
If you’re one of those advisors, how long will you wait? If not now, when? How long until you develop a life-threatening stress-related illness?
I offer advisors up to an hour of my time, without a fee and without a sales pitch, to talk about whatever they see as holding them back and see if I can help them with it.
You can keep REACHING… on your own, or you can get some help with your business. If you want to explore what help would look like, contact me.