Early in my computer programming career, which I’m thrilled to be past now, I had an employer tell me, “Your time is worth what someone is willing to pay for it.” Ultimately he was correct, but we both had very different interpretations of his maxim.
What he was trying to tell me was that my time was worth what he was willing to pay for it and that I needed to come to my senses and settle for what he was offering. What I realized in that moment was that I needed to find someone who would pay what I knew my time was worth.
A month later I was making 3x that hourly rate and doubled it again within 6 months on that same project.
On a different scale, this is the same process I went through with my IT firm during the 2 years that I doubled revenue while cutting my working hours by 80%.
Yes, there were changes in behavior and habits. But the single biggest factor in facilitating this shift was my own belief about the value that I offered and what I was open to receiving in return. It was in finding the balance between giving and receiving and the balance between the value of time and the value money.
Many business owners struggle to find the right balance for them. It feels like:
- I’m too busy. I’m putting too much time into my business and not getting enough money out.
- I’m not busy enough. I have too much down time and not enough money.
- I’m not paid what I’m worth. My clients aren’t willing to pay me enough or I can’t find enough clients.
- I’m spending all my time and work and not enough time with my family or relaxing.
- I make too much money and have too much free time. (Actually I’ve never heard this one from anyone, but hopefully someday.)
These are all struggles with balance. But here’s the truth:Balance is not something you find. Balance is something you create. Click To Tweet
Committing to 30 new experiences in 30 days, like I’ve been doing for the month of June, isn’t about finding a way to use extra time and money. It’s about prioritizing the use of the time and money that I have.
Every day you make decisions about how to use your time. You choose whether you prioritize what’s important to you and will help your business grow and help your family thrive, or to let others determine your priorities and benefit from the use of your time. You choose what you will allow your services to be worth and whether you will defend and promote your own value with unrelenting determination and commitment, or whether you will surrender to the preferences of others and allow them to set your value.
Time management is a myth. Click To Tweet You can’t control or influence the passage of time. But what you can control is how you use the time you have available. You can manage your priorities and your commitments and how you use your time and what you allow it to be worth.
Increasing the value of your time is 100% about your beliefs and decisions. What are you willing to do to make sure you maximize the value of your time? What do you believe about the value of your time? And most importantly, are you willing to change what you believe about the value of your time, no matter how convinced you are that you’re right, to get more of what you want in your life?
I’m not asking you to know how right now. I’m just asking if you’re willing. If you set the intention, the how will take care of itself. I’ve been through this process myself. I’ve taken coaching clients through the process. And I’ve interviewed dozens of successful entrepreneurs who have done it.
You only have to answer one question right now. Do you want it?
I’ve documented the process I used to increase the value of my time so that I could build exactly the business I wanted and live exactly the life I want. If you’d like to see it, just email me at email@example.com or message me privately and I’ll send it over to you. I’ll even be happy to jump on a quick call with you to talk through how you can customize and implement it in your own life and start living your best month ever!
And remember:Success LOVES action! Click To Tweet
So get out there and enjoy the process.