Humans aren’t mind readers. Sometimes getting what we want is as easy as asking for it.
“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.” ~ Rumi
I arrived at a hotel near the Atlanta airport yesterday afternoon. During the check-in process, the hotel clerk said several directives no fewer than three times: don’t smoke in the room, don’t sneak in pets, don’t damage anything, don’t take anything.
She notified me they required a $100 deposit. I nodded and handed her my card.
The number of times she repeated her instructions about caring for the room and its contents, as well as the manner in which she said them certainly caught my attention. I began pondering how many times they’ve had issues with unruly or sticky-fingered guests.
Later that night as I unpacked and got ready for bed, her words came back. If I put this bottle of water on the nightstand, will it leave a ring? If I don’t return my towel to the hook in the bathroom, is that wrecking the room? For a tidy-obsessed sort of gal, I took her marching orders very seriously.
Ask For What You Want
This morning as I made coffee in the room, the voices were back, prodding me not to spill Stevia on the desk or leave a stirring spoon on an unprotected surface.
And then I wondered, why aren’t we entrepreneurs and creators directing the attention of our ideal clients more and with focused intention? The attendant at the hotel front desk was crystal clear in her desired results and word choices. She emphasized them through repetition. She followed her messaging with securing an investment from me if I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain.
Stop right now and ask yourself a question: What is the one thing I want most from my ideal clients? What specifically do I want them to do today, right now?
Be specific. Paint the picture for them. Enroll their investment of either time, treasure, or attention. Direct their focus on your desired outcome. Where do you want to take them and through which customer experience journey?
Taking my own medicine, what is it that I really want right now from you all, my cherished readers?
I’d love to widen our circle, build a larger community of inspired creators and business owners. I am in the process of creating exciting, new, and free content that will serve as a way to enhance what I teach in my forthcoming book, and I’ll love for lots of folks to take advantage of it.
So, my ask is this: who do you know who may benefit from reading this newsletter? Can you think of an entrepreneur who is stuck and riddled with self-doubt who craves success and freedom but
believes that more productivity and more hustle are the answer?
Do you know of someone who is aching for more ease, joy, creativity, and flow in their life and enterprise?
If so, I’d love it if you would forward them this newsletter and encourage them to head over to my sign-up page. Thank you in advance for taking decisive action and for helping me!
Next, reach out to your ideal clients and make an ask of your own. What is it that you want to have happen right now?
Please feel free to share what you are working on with me, too, and let me know if there is a way I may support you.
Let’s put more solid ground beneath our feet. Get clear and ask. And if the person you most need to listen to what it is you want and need is you, gift yourself some time this weekend to journal about what you know needs to change. What you want to start doing or stop doing.
Remember, if you need support, please reach out.