February 11th, 2011
I’ve been a bad girl. With Valentine’s Day only three days away, I was supposed to be writing this V-Day post and then I accidentally drank too much wine and now I’m tipsy.. Oopsie. But in my tipsiness, I realized that the post I WAS writing wasn’t what I actually wanted to write about. I have a lot to say about Valentine’s Day (like “who gives a FUCK if you’re single…enjoy it anyway and spread love to your family and friends” etc) but I realized that what I’m most interested in right now is how to apply everything to business. Ding.
So here are some similarities between ye ole Day of the V, and Your Biznass.
1) You Want Someone Else to Do it For You
Everyone has been THAT girl. Admit it ladies. Valentine’s Day is rolling around and you want your guy to plan the perfect day. You gather with your girlfriends and talk about what you think your guy is going to do for you. And you forget that V-Day is about celebrating love. The love you have for each other, the love you share. So why is it that HE is always the one having to plan the date (and if he doesn’t get it right, or it’s not special enough…you’re PISSED)? Same with business. It’s feels hard. It’s scary. You feel like you don’t know what you’re doing, so you stay at home, don’t tell people about your business, and yet, still expect clients to come your way. No one is going to do it for you. No one is going to make your business be successful for you. You have to go out, put yourself out there, and create what you want. Same with V-Day. Don’t put all the pressure on him, baby boo. Plan that shiz together.
2) What You Give Is What You Get
Tesla has a great song whose chorus goes “It’s not what you got, it’s what you give” (cue lots of hair tossing, tight pants, and ripping guitar solos). In my opinion Valentine’s Day is all about giving. Giving of love, giving of gifts, giving appreciation for your loved ones and how much they mean to you. If you take this approach of giving as much as you can to the people that matter to you, undoubtedly, you will be getting love and appreciation back. It’s the same with business. The more you give your clients, the more attention, the more care, the more thought, the more emails saying “hey, I’m thinking about you, how are you?” the more they will give you. The longer they will stay your client, the more they will tell their friends about you, the more motivated they will be to work with you. A little bit effort goes a long way. So when in doubt…GIVE GIVE GIVE.
3) Must. Have. Fun
I honestly think that most of the time there is too much pressure surrounding Valentine’s Day. Like it’s the ONE DAY of the year where you’re supposed to prove how much you love someone, or conversely, see how much someone loves you. It feels like the gifts have to be just right, or the plan has to be perfect. And I feel like that takes all the fun out of it. I find the same thing happens in business. We feel like we need to do things a “certain way.” That our website has to be a perfect and our office voicemail message has to sound super legit and professional. And the more we worry about that stuff, the less fun it all becomes. There’s no right or wrong way to do Valentine’s Day OR your Business. Simply, because you’re at the center of them both. Bring your full self to both places, and if you act from there, do what YOU want to do, you will not only be successful but have a shizload of fun in the process.
Bottom line, for the Holiday de Love and your Biz, put your focus on loving others and loving you. And then Spread It (the love…get your mind out of the gutter for crying out loud). Toss it far and wide. Focus on the giving of love and I guarantee that the more you give, the more you’ll get. Cue Tesla.
Those are just a few. Can you think of more?? Leave me a comment and tell me your Valentine’s Day plans, funny stories, or your own ridiculousness surrounding this holiday. Readddddddddy………GO!