Friday, April 30, 2004

Consultant, Consult Thyself

A lot of people come to me for advice. I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's because I know a lot of people, or because I've written a lot of articles.

Regardless of why they ask, I almost always enjoy giving them advice. I like to help others. I also like to feel wise and important, so don't think I'm that altruistic!

And regardless of what they ask, I always seem to have an answer. Money problems? Financing advice? What books to read? I've always got something to say.

Many of the friends that I help with advice are extremely smart, competent people. Why couldn't they figure out their problems on their own, before coming to me? And as a converse, how can I have so much helpful advice for others, yet struggle with my own problems?

That's when it hit me--I could consult myself! Instead of fretting about my problems, I could call in Chris Yeh, crack coach and consultant to tell me what to do. What I discovered is that if I pretended that I was helping out a client with the exact problems I had, I could unlock my creativity and generate quick, punchy action plans.

It helps to talk to yourself out loud, though I wouldn't recommend doing so around other people! Give it a try, and let me know how it goes.

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