Let sleeping dogs lie
I ended up with a broken toe the other day, and it was all my dog’s fault; that’s what you get for saving a canine from drowning!
I woke up at 1am, needed a “comfort” break and hotfooted it to the bathroom.
As it turned out, Comet was sleeping halfway across the doorway, and I stepped on his ear.
Thankfully he emerged unscathed, but it did disturb him and made him move.
Having been comforted, I came out of the bathroom door and discovered him now completely blocking the bathroom door.
Half asleep, I decided I couldn’t possibly wake the sleeping dog, so I tried to step over him and close the bathroom door behind me.
Unfortunately, I also forgot to remove my back foot from the doorway, proceeding to pull the door shut on my little toe.
The pain was EXCRUCIATING (and I’ve had gallstones and given birth), and I thought the toe might have actually come off.
The next morning, the hospital confirmed that it was broken, and that it’d need to be strapped up for three weeks, and then need another three weeks to heal properly.
The moral of the story? The danger of letting sleeping dogs lie.
In hindsight, I should have pushed him out of the way, and he’d have adjusted and forgotten the whole incident.
So often, we find ourselves bending over backwards to make life better for our clients and doing ourselves a disservice as a result.
Rather than saying, “No, I can’t do a meeting on Sunday morning at 9am with the committee, just because that is the only time they can all do it before they go out to play golf”, we roll over and allow them to dominate proceedings.
And instead of saying, “I’ve done so much more work on this than I’ve been paid for”, how about actually charging what you’re worth, and asking for the money that the job deserves?
How many contortions are you doing to please your clients that are actually hurting your business and holding you back from growing?