Don’t forget to reply. It really is that simple.

We live in an insanely fast pace world.  A world of wi-fi connections everywhere, instant access to answers on google, 24-hour grocery shopping that allows  you to pick up groceries without having to even get out of the car.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it all and as a mom of 6 with my own business, I need every ounce of immediate help I can get in a 24 hour period.

And yet, with all this instant access, I find it amazing how many people I know on a personal level that I cannot reach.  I have friends, relatives, children and vendors who I can call, email or text and wait days for a reply.  I ask myself, “Is it me? Have I said something offensive? Are they alive? Should I call an ambulance?”

I wait the appropriate length of time and check again to find out that I haven’t offended them and in fact, we are on great terms. They are alive and no they haven’t been in the hospital or unconscious for days.  We might share a laugh about how busy they are, how they forgot to reply to the text but of course, they read it immediately.

Our world has become so fast paced that people are unconsciously choosing not to respond to emails, text or phone calls because they don’t have time to organize a response. Unintentionally sending with it, this message: you are not important to me or I don’t have time for you.

As I experience this more and more, I realize I want to be different.  Everyone needs their own meter for turnaround times, however as we make our life more simple with technology, we can make it more simple with communication as well.  Set your own expectations and habits.

If your text message reply turnaround time becomes longer than 4 days, deactivate your text message service.  You aren’t doing yourself any favors.   If your voicemail reply becomes a week, deactivate your voicemail service.  However, should you decide you need these services in your life, change your habits – respond to them when you read or listen to them.  Be different and don’t forget to reply.  It really is that simple.

Why Hire an Executive Coach

The essence of individual coaching is helping individuals and leaders step into their potential by understanding their passion and refocusing energy into results.

Making significant changes in your career or your life without the help of a coach or mentor can be very intimidating.  It doesn’t have to be – it can be the most successful and rewarding time of your life.

With a coach, you can transfer your nervous energy into positive action and become the best you!

Sometimes in life, we need a guide to help us get through our obstacles.  And sometimes it’s better to admit to being “stuck” than stay where we are and expect changes to occur around us.

I once had a leader early in my career tell me, “If you don’t care enough to invest in yourself even the tiniest bit then why should I?”  It was an eye opening moment for me.  I realized  that if I wanted to go anywhere in life that it was in my hands and not my bosses.  I surrounded myself with mentors and the best coaches to help me accomplish my plans every year.

Some of the best people I have had the privilege of learning from have been my coaches and mentors and are now my friends.

It’s never too late – start now. Be a better you. Be the best version of you.

Autumn