If someone were to ask, would you say you were successful?
I think it’s important to take a minute to think about that – especially if you are a Virtual Assistant. How do you define success? Do you have to make multiple 6 figures? Have a team of employees? Is it a certain number of facebook followers that makes you successful?
When I chat with my coaching clients, time and time again I hear that women are becoming VA’s so they can bring in ‘a little extra income‘ and have ‘more time for their families’. Really – it’s that simple. So by my way of thinking, you are incredibly successful if you can ‘bring in a little extra income’ and have ‘more time for your family’. Right?
Let me tell you about my past life as an Executive Assistant to the President of one of the largest, most-profitable companies in the world. At the time, I considered him a great success. His day consisted of tightly scheduled meetings and travel plans. Early morning starts, late night finishes, meeting after meeting after meeting and MORE travel plans. He lived in a mansion. He drove a nice car. But his entire day was one big blur of travel and meetings.
He never stopped to fold a load of laundry. He never blew off work and had lunch with the guys. He never skipped out to accompany his kids class to the pumpkin patch. He never went home early to whip up a home-cooked meal for his family.
Maybe those are things YOU do. They are definitely things I do. Yup – I became a Virtual Assistant partly so I could have time for the things that are important to me too! Do I want to make a good living? Hell Yah! But it’s not just about money or popularity. It’s about something waaaay more valuable than that. It’s about TIME.
I am blessed enough to have a profitable Virtual Assistant Business that is waiting-list only…but I don’t consider that the reason I am ‘successful’. I’m successful because I have created time. I have designed a life I enjoy. I’m successful because I have time to make home made stuff for my hubs and 3 girls. I’m successful because I sometimes go out to lunch with my incredibly funny gal pals and ditch work for the afternoon. I’m successful because I’m headed to the grocery store on a Wednesday morning when it’s not busy. (I was going to say I am successful because I fold laundry whenever I want…but that would be a lie…I never seem to get around to folding the laundry!)
So ask yourself the question again, and reframe your answer: Are YOU a successful Virtual Assistant? Perhaps it’s time to answer ‘yes’.