A few weeks ago, you decided to get support in your business. Things are growing steadily, and you know you can’t continue at this pace.
So, you hired a Virtual Assistant to help in your growing business. At first, she was fabulous. She jumped in and did stuff to create better systems for all of your ventures.
Then she missed one of your scheduled phone calls. After that, she didn’t return emails for days. Tasks weren’t getting done on time. You finally let her know that this behavior was unacceptable and that if she missed another scheduled phone call without advance notice, you’d have to let her go.
Then in the middle of a big project, she disappeared again. Also, she didn’t show up for your scheduled call.
As promised, you wrote her an email and let her go. You still haven’t heard back, and you had paid her in advance for several hours of work.
You start to feel deflated at this disappointing situation. You might even want to tell yourself that you just weren’t meant to have a support team. So, now what?
Enter the power of the tweak.
What’s a tweak?
A tweak is nothing more than trying again. Trying a new thing. Asking, “What’s next?” And most importantly, the word “tweak” contains within it the permission to let something go so that you can move on to the next thing. Sometimes, moving forward is more about tweaks than it is about anything else.
Now, a tweak might sound similar to the idea of “persistence.” But it’s a better motivator for two solid reasons…
#1 – Tweak is a fun word.
#2 – Persistence is not a fun word.
Tweaking is about knowing that your intention is powerful and that the whole process is about finding the perfect and right path/people/projects that take you there. It’s also about knowing you don’t have to do it perfectly the first time. (Or ever!) In fact, the best thing about tweaks is that they require that you accept imperfection.
This sounds simple and logical, of course. But for many of us, it’s a huge challenge.
Tweak Means Keep Moving
You may have guessed that the story above actually happened to me.
So, what did I do?
I got on the web and started interviewing people again. I’m now working with a new VA. She has already given me a level of attention and productivity that far surpasses the last one.
I was telling my friend Joy about my new VA. She said, “Wait a minute. I thought you already had a VA.”
I explained the situation, telling her that I didn’t really want to spend much time talking about it because it wasn’t worth the breath it took to tell the story.
And she stopped me and said, “Whoa! That’s huge for you! And you’re already working with someone else??”
Translation: “Hey! Usually we go through about two weeks (or years) of good hard drama when this kind of thing happens!”
And here’s why: I’m mastering the power of the tweak. It’s the most liberating success principle I’ve discovered in a while. When you remember that success is all about tweaks, then you are less likely to get bogged down in self-sabotage.
Stay tuned! More on tweaks in the next post!
P.S. I went through a massive tweak at BeMyRecordLabel.com. After many people sent me suggestions for how to make the site better, I tweaked it. Let me know your thoughts on the new design!