Good morning, my friends. It’s Sunday morning.The sun is partly showing through the haze. It’s incredibly smokey here again in British Columbia. I guess it’s officially the last Sunday of summer and I’m making the most of it. It’s a little cooler but I’m sitting on my deck. I’ve just had some great coffee in my new favorite mug telling me, “You’ve got this,” and life is good. I couldn’t not just make the most of this opportunity to share some wisdom. I couldn’t sleep last night. I was wide awake at 1:30 and I went, “This is ridiculous. I’m getting up. i could not sleep at 1:30 this morning. I got up, I went downstairs, I’m lying on the sofa, with my brain wired. I thought, “Why can I not sleep? I’m tired.” The more I analyzed it, the more I realized that this Tuesday we start our VIP program for Q3 and my whole head is going through everybody who’s joined. We have nearly 20 businesses in this program this time, and I’m thinking strategy, I’m thinking ideas for these businesses. I’m like, “Dude, it’s two in the morning on a Sunday. What are you doing?

But that’s kind of the way I’m wired. I just love to help people and I want to bring value and expertise and creativity. Already my brain’s kicked into Tuesday’s webinar about how I’m helping all these people, so it’s like, “Oh my gosh.” By 4 a.m. I’d sort of wore myself out with thoughts and I went back to bed and my wife went, “Huh?.” “It’s okay. Nothing’s wrong. I was just a little wired in my brain.” To get up this morning and have my coffee and just look at the sun coming up, it’s very hazy. Heard it’s going to rain later on. Feels like this is the last day of summer before fall. It’s like, “It’s okay.”

Then the weirdest thing is looking at some of the trees locally … is this the case in your area? Some of our newer trees are completely bare. They’ve gone. Leaves are gone. The intermediate trees are in full fall. The leaves dropping, full-on that beautiful orange-bronze color. It’s crazy. The more established trees are full-on green, like my dogwood. Totally, totally fine. It’s like, “What the heck?” It’s like it’s fall and summer in the same street. I know it just comes down to root systems. The more established a tree, the more deeper the roots that are getting that groundwater. It’s just like, “That’s us.”

“That’s us.” If we don’t have a strategy, if we just go from idea to idea and we don’t plan, then as soon as a bit of dryness comes we fall apart. The leaves just drop off and we go into sort of like dormant hibernation because we have nothing left.

Sometimes we have a great idea and we follow through and it starts to go, but again, still, our root system’s not deep enough, doesn’t work. We’re just old news, not fake news, but old news because the leaves have died already, because we weren’t in for long. We weren’t getting what people needed. Then you get a tree and sort of like, here we are mid-September that is full green, beautiful fruit that the birds are eating, we’re providing great service, like a lot of my bushes they just got incredible foliage still and lots of seeds that are just coming to start out.

I have this incredible tree. We call it a smoke tree. I don’t know what it really is, but it is huge and I have hummingbird feeders in there. That’s the same one that fed the birds all through the winter. Each one of those sort of bushy, smokey things is full of little black seeds. The birds … full of them and you can just see them flocking around every day, getting this great fruit, nutrition, whatever, that they need. It’s like, that’s what your business should be like. That’s what you should be doing for other people is providing that good source of shelter, nutrition, inspiration, and that’s when people hire you, because you are that constant factor that’s always there for them season to season. It’s a wonderful thing.

I just got a message from my friend Tamsin. She shared a memory from last fall, whenshe joined our fall bootcamp last year and she sent the most beautiful message on Facebook this morning thanking me for giving her so much wisdom and ideas and a year on, the business is doing so well because of the social strategy. I wrote back and thanked her. I did #proudmentor because I really am. Our stuff has saved businesses. Our stuff has actually turned businesses around. There is no greater feeling in the world than helping somebody make more money so they can provide for the family, hire more people, give back to the community. It’s honestly the best feeling in the world, other than being in love, which I am. 30 years we’ve been married this weekend. Thank you so much for all the love that people shared with us on Tuesday. We literally had hundreds and hundreds of people’s likes and comments and best wishes. It was very humbling.\

Yeah, that’s my Sunday morning reflection. I’ve had my coffee, I’m feeling mellow, I’m enjoying the sun on my face. I love living on Eagle Mountain, thanks to an amazing realtor called Wanda Holmes from Thomas and Wanda Parrish, Mr. and Mrs. Fraser Valley, (quick plug). We would never have bought this house without their advice. They’ve known us for years and years and they’ve watched our family grow. They’ve watched our kids mature. They’ve watched our kids move out and move back, and they knew the kind of house that we were looking for, which wasn’t a half acre of yard, which the kids loved when they were little. I was starting not to love the two hours a weekend sort of cutting grass. It was a great cardio, but probably not the best use of my time. They found us this perfect house, which has a great yard, still, but just enough, phenomenal office for me, phenomenal kitchen and living area for Debbie, which is what she was looking for.

It was a win-win-win, because she knew us, she picked the home, her and Thomas found it. ┬áIt was awesome. That’s what you want to be for your clients, preempting what it is that they need, being there for them, giving them ideas, whether you get paid or not, doesn’t matter. You will get paid in the long run. That is how I foresee a fulfilling business strategy that works. Spoke so much my voice is going. I think I need more coffee. Maybe I’ll use that time to cut it out. Have a great Sunday. I’m going to wash my car before it rains.

And here’s to our Q3 VIP Access students!

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Chief Imagination Officer at We Make Stuff Happen
Jonathan Christian is the creator of We Make Stuff Happen, a unique Canadian based Consulting Agency, helping businesses and non-profits internationally tell their story online and on land. Over the years, Jonathan has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs helping them learn and leverage their story with massive success.
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