I’ve always had a hard time saying, “No” to new opportunities.
You could say I’m addicted to the rush that comes with a new project or idea.
However, as many of us learn (the hard way), saying, “Yes” to everything is one of the quickest ways to welcome disappointment.
Personally, I thought I could handle my new job, freelance work, new projects with my company Viabl, and writing while somehow still balancing my relationship with my fiancé.
As I’ve quickly found out, I’m not doing as well as I thought.
I received my first email from a client mentioning the timeframe built into our contract.
As someone who prides myself one helping others take their ideas from zero to one quicker than anyone else, reading this was both a gut punch and a reality check.
I’ve always focused on successfully managing the expectations of the people I help. When I fail to meet a certain expectation I set, it communicates a lack of professionalism.
Now that I have less time each day, I have to be even more realistic with my commitments.
That’s why, once I finish my outstanding freelance work, I’ll be taking a small break to reevaluate where I want to go and, more importantly, how much I can take.
For all of you who have never worked with your own clients, I can’t stress enough the importance of managing expectations (and clear communication).
It can make or break your career.