Posted on January 9, 2018
Have you ever scanned through your computer files only to find a few (hundred) tools, tips, techniques, guides, templates, free gifts etc. that are patiently awaiting to be utilized?
You know they must have value since you took the time to download, and in certain cases paid for, but for some reason you shelved it in the “forgotten file” with all of the other value packed current tricks of the trade.
You might even find one of the titles catches your eye again and causes you to take another look. At which point you’re reminded why it didn’t relate to your business in the first place or was in a format that didn’t appeal to you; so you promptly tucked it back into the black hole of documents you will deal with later.
What about opening up that budget template or social media plan someone gave you, and customizing it to fit your needs? Who said you have to use these tools exactly the way they were presented to you? As long as you aren’t changing someone’s work and trying to sell it as your own, there is nothing wrong with making it work for you.
As a matter of fact, how good do you think the author of that fancy budget template would feel, to know you have dusted off their masterpiece, customized it, and now use it every day? And… it’s literally become the solution you have been looking for!
Of course, this may take a little effort on your part, but the time spent will involve asking yourself what do YOU NEED, what do YOU WANT, and what do YOU LIKE. Think about that for a second… how would it feel to do that for once?
We tend to jump at solutions that an expert in the industry suggests, only to sideline it as soon we feel a disconnect between the information from the “life-changing tool” and what our reality actually looks like. In lieu of continuing to house all of those unused, one-size fits all, magical marvels, try looking at it one more time to find the idea or concept within it, that does fit your life. Then ask yourself these three questions:
- What problems do I NEED it to solve for me?
- How should it be designed so that I WANT to use it?
- Where do I keep it so it’s handy and I LIKE seeing it?
Before you know it, you will have a handle on a few of life’s challenges that used to trip you up, as well as a little more hard drive space once you clear out all of those dusty files.
To learn a few tips on how to carve your message down to digestible bite-size pieces, check out this blog next week, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.