It’s tough walking away from what appears to be a great opportunity. It’s also hard to not jump in when someone needs help doing something that comes easy to you. If you feel pulled in too many directions, then you may need to learn to say “No”.
Avoiding the “bright shiny thing syndrome”
Just because you can do something, doesn’t always mean that you should. I frequently get offered opportunities that I wasn’t seeking. Either a conversation will spark the offer or someone will call out of the blue.
As many creatives know, it’s really easy to get distracted and go after the next bright shiny thing!
In my last post, I mentioned how a seemingly unrelated act opened up a plethora of opportunities. While this is a nice problem to have, it also forced me to ask myself the following questions:
1) Does this align with my mission and purpose?
2) Will this take me closer to my goal or further away?
3) Will it cut into my much needed down time and family time?
4) Does the amount of time needed match the possible income generated?
5) What does my gut say? Does it feel right?
Have you ever jumped into an opportunity ready to save the day but then regretted the decision? Yes, I’ve swept in like Wonder Woman and ignored the red flags as well. The end result is never a pretty picture.
I recently had to evaluate what seemed like an exciting opportunity. It didn’t relate to coaching or drum therapy. It involved my other company, Next Stage Entertainment. Although I have scaled this company way back, the thought of booking 16 bands a month for a venue piqued my interest enough to go talk to venue owner.
Yes, there were red flags during our phone conversation but I was intrigued. More red flags popped up when we met in person. I considered the above checklist. And I made the difficult decision to walk away.
Keeping the train on the tracks
Mapping out your mission, your goals, and your target market are great ways to keep the train on the tracks. However, it’s not always easy to do this alone. Even if you think you have all this down pat, you need to revisit your plan often and re-evaluate. You may even need to either spruce up your brand or re-brand altogether.
I remember the frustration of trying to hammer this out and find my niche and what happened when I agreed to do too many things. If I could help you avoid all this, it would be my pleasure. I offer complimentary 30 min. strategy sessions via phone, Skype, or Google+.
Dori Staehle is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She helps creative types get unstuck and move their talent or their business onto the next stage and can also help alleviate ADHD symptoms naturally. Dori is also a motivational speaker, drum therapist, and author of a forthcoming book about overcoming adversity and starting a creative business on a shoestring.