Heartbreak is part of life, and business
Clients come and go. That’s the way of business.
My M. O. is to not get too attached any of my clients, because when they go as the eventually must, my heart often breaks.
Frequently (okay, very frequently), however, I do get attached.
It makes sense that I would grow to love my clients since I’m a coach, and in the coaching relationship we end up talking about things that really matter.
But this heartbreak deal isn’t new for me. I felt like this in my previous businesses too.
Last week, I was talking to my own coach about loving people (and clients), and how hard that is if you’re constantly trying to manage future heartbreak. This is like having one foot on the gas, and another on the brake.
She asked: “What if you took your foot off the brake?”
I was telling her about the pilot group I started in October called The Journey of the Small Business Warrior.
I’m starting another group in January with five more people, and I’ve been talking with potential participants about what they can expect to go out of the experience.
What I haven’t told these people about the Journey is that they’ll be seen. Acknowledged. Championed. And possibly loved.
I’m cautiously taking my foot off the brake of car. Not just in work, but in the rest of my life too. Heartbreak happens. I think it’s delusional to think it can be managed.
How about you? Do you love your clients? Or are you too scared to? Are you trying to manage your heartbreak? Is it working? I invite your comments below.