It was my intention to write to you last week “Live From Myrtle Beach!” But as John Lennon once said,
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get my EZine out, and I’m feeling very guilty about it.
But I do have a good excuse! I was in Myrtle Beach to attend an intensive 10K Club coaching retreat with my mentor, the fabulous Suzanne Evans, her amazing team of business coaches, and about 150 fellow entrepreneurs.
We were lucky enough to be staying at the beautiful Marina Inn, and also lucky in that we were upgraded to a corner room with a fancy bathroom and full kitchen. We had a huge balcony and a beautiful view on two sides of the marina and the Intracoastal Waterway, where we could watch yachts and sailboats passing by.
So I really did start out with the best of intentions, planning to work on the EZine during my “downtime” at the retreat. I should have known better!
The problem was that I didn’t really have any time to write between all the learning sessions, coaching pods, networking, and other activities. It’s part of the fun and the high-energy environment of an intensive, but it can be a little overwhelming! My rule of thumb at home is to never get out of bed while it’s still dark, but the rest of the world isn’t on that schedule. And once I was up, I was busy just about every minute of the day. I didn’t even manage a single nap. Hard to believe, right?
By the time it was all over each day, I barely had the strength to keep my eyes open long enough to check email. Before I knew it, my EZine deadline had come and gone. But that’s okay. I needed a break, and the most important thing was to be fully engaged in the event.
Lesson #1: For me, one of the most valuable benefits of attending retreats like this one is forging new relationships and deepening existing friendships. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to meet, get to know, and learn from your fellow entrepreneurs. Some of them have retail stores. Some are coaches themselves. And some are wellness experts, technology gurus, or yoga teachers. What we all have in common is the desire to grow our businesses and achieve our dreams.
I made the most of every moment for learning and bonding with my friends and colleagues, sometimes even networking through mealtimes. We not only brainstormed about business, but we even bonded over a few games of Cards Against Humanity at the hotel bar.
The other important lesson I want you to take away from this is that you have to be willing to invest in yourself – to invest in coaching that will expose you to new ideas and help you sort everything out. There’s always something new to learn, and it’s always a good idea to receive the wisdom of expert coaches as well as the insights (and friendship) of fellow entrepreneurs.
If you want to grow a business, spending quality time with peers and experts isn’t optional. You’ll find that the path to success is a lot shorter and more enjoyable when you say yes to that investment.