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Is Your Life a Cheap Suit?

by lyn christian on February 15, 2010

A client once told me, “I’m wearing my body like a cheap suit.” He felt at times that his body did not fit right. He didn’t feel comfortable in his own skin. He went on to describe that this feeling occurs when he doesn’t pay attention to what his body needs.

This scenario happens often with entrepreneurs. We tend to put everything inside our business before our own basic need for healthy nutrition, appropriate amounts of sleep, exercise, etc.

Can you relate?

Are you wearing your life like a cheap suit or a fine tailored silk suit?

Maybe a review of the following table will assist in giving you ideas of how to get that fine Italian silk feeling back and to avoid wearing yourself down to the thread-bare, second-hand mode of operation.



 My basic needs come last.  

Fine Italian Suit


I meet my needs.

I invest in only those things I can write off as tax deductions. I invest money to make money. I invest in my education and spend money to be creative with my life and talents.
I call on anyone I can help when I need it. I call the right person at the right time when I need or want help.
I spend most of my time putting out fires and responding to other people’s needs. I spend most of my time planning and preparing so I don’t have many fires to put out.
I stay busy and work hard. I make sure that what I do with my time is productive, focused and produces the results I want and need.
I think in terms of quantity. I think in terms of quality.
I watch the numbers to measure my success. I watch the people first with an eye for profit. When people come first and profit is another tool (not the rule) success follows.
I put revenue generation first. I put my own reputation, values and health first.
I build my business. I build capacity first and business follows.
I prioritize on the run. I schedule my priorities every day.
I think in terms of the now. I don’t have much follow-through on my long-term, planning. I look long-term before I make decisions in the present.
I rely on speed. I rely on building trust and being mindful of focus.
Sometimes when  I succeed I sense it is often an accident. When I succeed, I know it is by design.

 This chart was adapted from materials found on page 36 and 37 of High Trust Selling by Todd Duncan.

The idea here is to move more of our thoughts and actions to the right side of the chart. The more we drive our lives and our careers from the right, the more productive and powerful our experiences.




About the Author:  Lyn Christian is the founder of SoulSalt, Inc., a coaching and coach training company.  She is passionate about the “free-agent” worker who wants to earn their living and live their lives by doing what inspires them.  Get more information by visiting or contact Lyn directly through

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