You’re smooth sailing along, happy as a lark, and tickled pink that you are where you are doing what you’re doing with not a worry in your world. THIS is EXACTLY the place you’ve wanted to be for all those years of blood, sweat, and tears.
This is comfortable!
The phone rings, and it’s someone you haven’t seen for years . . . She’s calling to talk about an “opportunity” she thinks has your name all over it. These days, the word “Opportunity” sends a red flag up the pole.
Is this the next MLM (Multi-level marketing) scheme, or what?
Your mind works feverishly to figure out how much energy you’re willing to give this new idea.
Do you take the call and listen to the schpiel?
You think about the person who’s calling . . . Would SHE be the type to try to sell you a bill of goods?
Would she risk a relationship with you by trying to sell you stuff you don’t need, or is this truly an opportunity that has potential to be worthwhile – beneficial?
You decide to continue the conversation with your radar on high alert for bullshit. After all, you’re happy and content where you are, doing what you’re doing, so you’ve got nothing to lose by listening.
Next thing ya know, there’s a shift in the conversation that has converted this “Opportunity” into “POSSIBILITIES” . . . Blood pressure rises and you sit up on full alert.
You’re doing your best to poke holes in this scheme because it sounds too good to be true.
This is the point at which I pause the game by saying: “I’m interested enough to do some diligence around this idea. Will you email me any info regarding this opportunity, so I can do some homework and then call you next week?”
If that question results in a hard sell approach: “If you don’t take advantage of this TODAY, you’re going to miss out on this great pricing” then the conversation is over. That question communicates to me that the caller is more interested in getting my sale than being sure that this thing is right for me now.
Next week rolls around, and I’ve researched and have decided not to pursue the project, so I write a letter that is full of gratitude for having the opportunity to consider this possibility, but respectfully declining.
This is REAL gratitude because, during that week of considering options, I did a lot of soul searching and thinking and taking stock of where I am with whom doing what we’re doing . . . This opportunity gave me the gift of taking some time to clarify my purpose and worth and usefulness doing what I’m doing.
EXACTLY the right things are happening now . . . and I WILL answer the phone next time it rings.
Keep on growing and stretching especially when you’re content.