Getting that next great referral. Finding an associate. Hiring the right consultant. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time.
Which sometimes feels like it takes great effort. To be in the right place at
the right time, we have to identify the right people in our circle. We have to send them things laden with our logo and tagline. We have to be funny and interesting and engaging all at once on Facebook. And LinkedIn. And Twitter. And offline. Everywhere!
Not really. Most of the time being in the right place at the right time just happens.
I’m an avid reader and staunch believer in www.tut.com. Half a million subscribers strong, the web-based company sends members daily reminders that help put perspective on business and life (which, by the way, are one in the same.)
My reminder today: “Being in the right place at the right time, Wendy, isn’t something you can force. It just happens when you keep busy. Effortlessly.”
As it happens I’ve been consciously practicing just that for the last six months or so. And here’s what I’m learning about how best to be in the right place at the right time:
1. Let go. I’m loosening my grip on my never-ending to-do list, and focusing instead on the horizon. On the vision. On the people. It’s not that I don’t get things done; on the contrary, I’m more productive than I ever have been. I’m just more creative and collaborative about how and what I produce. And as I produce highly creative and collaborative work, I attract the interest of the exact type of people with whom I want to work. The right clients, the right employees, the right contractors. It simply all falls into place.
2. Daydream. As a kid, I was told to quit daydreaming. These days I’m surrounding myself with thinkers, philosophers, dreamers. I’m cultivating the same in myself for the first time in decades. I’m having conversations that have direction but no real end in sight. I am no longer attached to outcomes, I am curious about the journey. As a result, my peers and I are developing Big Ideas. The kind of ideas that give you goose bumps and giggles. The kind of ideas that attract like-minded people and the right opportunities. It’s really that simple – dream it, and they will come.
3. Show up. I have gotten clear about what sorts of events bring me jo
y and fulfill me. You won’t find me at the small-talk-type of networking event. You will find me at intimate gatherings of like-minded people, and sometimes that does indeed take the form of a happy hour or a conference. And I am in those circles often. Not because I have to be, but because I want to be. I haven’t dropped out, I’ve just tuned in. And every time I show up at the types of events that really draw me in, I make invaluable connections.
Right place, right time. Lean back, relax, and let it carry you to your next great connection.