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In Client Attraction, Focus on Service, Not Accumulation
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I've mentored a few already-successful solopreneurs recently who walk the line between 'high-achiever' and 'overachiever' and let me tell you, there IS a difference. You've heard me say many times that I work best with high-achieving go getters who know exactly what they want (usually it's more clients, more in-come, with more time off to enjoy it all) and who say to me, "Fabienne, show me how to do it and I'll do exactly what you say." That's the kind of person who sees results.
But sometimes, there's a different breed of person. The person who takes on too much, too fast, and seems to always be RACING towards the next level. (I know firsthand about this, I used to be one.) The 'high-achiever' sets high goals and then does what it takes to make those goals happen. The 'overachiever' seems to want to accumulate just for the sake of accumulating. (I know, because again, I used to think like that.)
A few years ago, a coaching colleague asked me, "Hey, I notice that you move at a very fast pace. What's the deal? Why do you feel the need to accomplish so much in such a short period of time?" I was stunned actually. Didn't quite know how to answer. So I said, "It's a game for me. Seeing how much I can accomplish is fun." But it took me a while to "get" what he was trying to say.
I think that I was focused on accumulation rather than service. It was about amassing clients and in-come, probably having to do with proving something to someone from a bazillion years ago. Yes, it was a game, a competition against self, but was there a point to it all? Probably money, but even that is just a number sometimes. It began to feel like a hamster wheel, an empty process. There seemed to be no meaning to accomplishment at a fast pace.
It's when I stepped back and looked into the REASON for why I started this business that it stopped being a race. I got focused on SERVICE again, on my purpose and skills, and why I got into this in the first place. I think I'd lost that along the way. The minute I realized this, Client Attraction became less about filling a void, and more about being of service. Less about accumulation, and more about really making a serious difference in people's lives and businesses.
Being focused on service, I started being happier, clients got even better results, our friendship was deeper and even more satisfying, and the best part was, it stopped feeling like WORK. I started getting a feeling that I couldn't believe I was being paid (well) for doing something so gratifying. And then I noticed something...
Ironically, when I tapped back into SERVICE, that's when my in-come began growing much more rapidly. That's when the referrals started pouring in again. That's when my numbers started really increasing dramatically. That's when bigger and bigger opportunities began coming my way. "He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own." --Confucius
YOUR CLIENT ATTRACTION ASSIGNMENT:
Notice how you approach your business. Does it feel like a race for the money, rather than being of service to others in a BIG way? Has the MEANING of what you're doing gotten lost along the way? Is it more about accumulation now? If so, take a step back and reconnect to the reason you got into this in the first place: service and the DIFFERENCE you can make in people's lives. That's what's going to make you happy.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not even close to suggesting that you should stop marketing and setting up systems for everything in your business. What I am saying is, couple this with consistently working on implementing your marketing and Client Attraction strategies, and attracting clients will become big time easy (then the in-come will naturally follow).
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About the expert:
Fabienne Fredrickson is the
founder of ClientAttraction.com,
a company devoted to teaching entrepreneurs around the world how to
consistently attract ideal, high-paying clients, put their marketing on
autopilot, shift their mindset towards abundance and take a no-excuses
approach to creating a highly successful and meaningful business, while
working less. Through her workshops, courses, coaching programs, and
products, Fabienne shows her students how to go from 5-figures to
6-figures in their business, and then from 6-figures to 7-figures, while
experiencing freedom and creating an abundant life they love. To
receive Fabienne’s free audio CD entitled,
“How to Attract ALL the
Clients You Need”, please visit ClientAttraction.com.|
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