It is commonly known that if you want to be successful, you study a successful person and do what they do. When I first started working in this field, I was the first sleep educator in Adelaide. The biggest challenge I had was helping people understand that sleep is something that you could get help for.
You would think that meant that came with creative license to mould their expectations too, but when you are basically flying blind, you just do it first and analyse later. For years I have been cramming my weeks with home consults. Driving for hours and hours every week. Feeling exhausted. But was it all necessary? I don’t really think so. Years down the track I am starting to realise that I actually can do this exactly how I want to do it.
Recently I reduced my availability for home consults to one daytime consult and one nighttime consult per week. The decision was made because my focus had changed. I was moving away from one on one consults, and moving further towards management, training and speaking. The by-product of this was that I was actually more relaxed and happier than ever. I was still taking the same amount of clients, but they were predominantly by phone. And I was getting the same results.
This week I bit the bullet. I dropped home consults all together. It was THE BEST THING I have done since I was working in this field. I realised how many hours I was wasting by getting organised, driving, dropping off and picking up my kids… And that was my grow time. That was time I needed to learn new things and expand my professional reach. I can just stay home, in my leggings and ugg boots, with no make up and change lives. It is honestly the ultimate. And it suits me.
Don’t get me wrong. Some clients really feel they need a home consult. They are just not my clients. Travelling all around the city and country just doesn’t fill my joy bank. It affects the quality of my work over all because I become exhausted and stressed. Everyone benefits from me being happier, because I can give a higher energy to all of my clients.
Jade is a Director and Lecturer at the Institute of Parenting Support Services and Director and Senior Educator at Early Childhood Parenting. She practices in Adelaide, South Australia. She is the mother of two beautiful children. You can reach her at 0415507004 or firstname.lastname@example.org