Spring fever is upon us in the northern hemisphere, and executive coaches are not immune. When things (finally!) warm up, lots of temptations come calling, even for the most successful coaching practice.
Everyone seems to be enjoying the outdoors. When activities like biking, jogging, golf, tennis, and boating get ramped up, no one wants to be working when everyone else is having fun. Then there are the kids and all the things they get involved in. Who hasn’t been through the baseball and soccer seasons, when you’re always on the go? Anyone like to eat and grill outdoors? And of course, the yard comes alive and needs our attention.
All the bustle and fresh air of spring can draw coaches away from their tasks. Writing newsletters, making calls, creating coaching lessons or meeting with clients can seem a bit less attractive when the great outdoors beckons. There’s nothing wrong at all about enjoying yourself outdoors. We all need breaks and fun times. But your business certainly can’t be neglected when there are more desirable things to do.
Persistence is the key. Coaches need to make sure their business matters are taken care of in timely and effective ways. Clients deserve your best, and will let you know when they don’t believe they’re getting it. Yet your work can be structured to allow some get-away time too. Here’s where scheduling your time is especially important.
Find a productive schedule that makes sure your work gets done but allows for other activities. Like with any worthy endeavor, sacrifices need to be made. Each coach must weigh their commitments and the sacrifices needed to meet them. After all, you’re a coach first, and an outdoor-person second.
How is your persistence? What types of temptations make focusing on work tough for you? We appreciate you sharing your stories; send us an email and let us know how you muster the persistence needed to stay the course!