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The NEED for (making m*oney) SPEED!

Sands of TimeWithout even trying time races by.  I took a lot of vacation in July, including Flying to Idaho with the family to the family farm, and then while IN Idaho, flying with friends in their private planes to a little “island” for breakfast that you can only get to by – well- flying!

I am always amazed how you can wake up in one place one morning – get on a plane – and end your day in a completely different place.  I find the experience incredible and a bit surreal.

These vacations were the extra special good kind – long enough to really enjoy and really feel like we got the most out of it.  And then in just a few short weeks – it feels like those vacations took place so very long ago.

Nobody needs to tell you that time is flying by – we are all experiencing it.  So at this point in my life, generally speaking, the advice I try to dish out is to “ssslloooowwww dooowwwnnnn.”  It’s easy – in business and in life – to make big mistakes and to miss important things when you are rushing around like a madwoman or like a chicken with your head cut-off.  So slow down.  Plan at least one moment in your morning and one moment in your afternoon to stop, and to consider, and to reflect – before jumping back into high speed auto pilot.

And this applies to everything except for ONE THING.

Can you even guess what that ONE THING is??

Wait for it….. wait for it…. here it is…. returning phone calls.

Yep, that’s the bombshell – that’s the “NEED FOR SPEED” – it’s one of the activities most easily put off and it is costing you money money and more money every time you delay.

No less than 7 out of the last 10 clients I have spoken to have been so happy that I have returned their call at all.  Seriously?  They called me, I called them back – seems simple enough.  But I seem to be one of the only designers around actually returning client calls.   Oh, and guess what.  I’m also getting new clients.  Really really happy clients that started out by calling 3 or 4 people, got no response at all except from me, and are now thrilled to have someone paying attention to them.

So today’s tip for getting Money in your pocket fast – return that phone call!  Fast!!!  You’ll be happy you did.  I’d love to hear how this is working for you – comment below and share!

Here’s to Designing Your Success™,

-Mary Larsen

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