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The next time a girlfriend said, “Can you meet this week? I really need my Amanda time!” I responded “Don’t we all!”
Short, sweet, and simple – and it works like a charm!
(You see when I shared the challenge I was having with Lisa, she asked me, “Don’t we ALL need our Amanda time?” Which caused me to realize I do feel committed to “being there” for a lot of people. Since there really is only so much time each day, I need to be proactive in how I chose to allocate this time. )
The main thing this does is remind ME how valuable my time is, and to make sure I’m getting my needs met first. Oh, and that my family and clients are getting the best of me.
And secondly, it seems to let them know that others are also requesting my time. It’s a light way to do this playfully for now, and if they continue to lay claim to my time, I can set more concrete and clear boundaries at that time. Now I realize, his phrase is a little flippant (so there may be instances where I say it in my head and not out loud – it depends on my relationship with the person) I always say it with a smile to diffuse any potentially hurt feelings, and I’ll often follow up with some comment to schedule an appointment.
I hope this is helpful to you as a business owner, or as just another fabulous female out and about enjoying her life! If you have any other wonderful responses to the time-claiming statements, I’d love to hear them!
Oh, and if you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, and you’d like to to be attracting more people to you without trying, please reach out. There is a simple method to having an Attractive and Radiating Presence that lifts others up and makes getting local clients easy as pie! I’d love to show you the roadmap in a 20-minute Being Unforgettable Assessment.
Special thanks to Lisa for her Words of Wisdom! They have saved me countless hours of resentment of my dear friends who mean well, and have given me back my power in sticky situations!
AWESOME job, Amanda!
And now you, yes YOU – what do you do to reclaim your valuable time from others? Comment below and share – you might help someone else!
And sometimes outside guidance can help, just as it did with Amanda.
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