“What If We Did….”

Going on vacation is not what it used to be. Even if it is for a few days.  Before cellphones, computers, text messages and other 21st century communication technology, we simply called our clients or faxed them a brief note that went something like this:

“We’ll be on vacation the week of ____ and if you have any questions, please call   ________.  We’ll be checking in almost every day so if you need us, please leave a message with (name of assistant) and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible”

And off we went.

Not so simple anymore. The expectations to always be connected and always available are paramount. And when you are not, there is an element of “what-the-heck, where-is-he-frustration” that sets in.  This does not make for good communications, happy customers, clients or business partners.

Now when we go on vacation, we are never really disconnected, no more than if we we were in our office. Only now we sit under an umbrella,  drinking some silly drink with a parasol in it,  working.

It’s the “New American Vacation.”

I wonder what would happen if everyone in the country put their cellphones down for one minute every day.  No talking. No texting. No emailing. There would be absolutely no communication and total silence. It would be a one minute vacation every day.

What would you do during that one minute?  Here are some random ideas?

  1. forget to turn off your phone
  2. wait for it to end
  3. think of something new
  4. think of something old
  5. remember something to do
  6. pray
  7. laugh
  8. smile
  9. cry
  10. scowl
  11. smile
  12. blow your nose
  13. cough
  14. write
  15. eat
  16. drink
  17. go to the bathroom
  18. cut your finger nails
  19. read
  20. drive
  21. work on computer
  22. listen to radio, i pod, i pad
  23. watch TV, computer
  24. run
  25. jump
  26. walk
  27. skip
  28. do math problems
  29. spell something
  30. meditate
  31. do yoga
  32. take your pulse
Would you think about the business for that one minute with no distractions?  Would you find another 14 minutes to have no interruptions;  no communications and just clear out your head to think about “what if we did….”
And then after the first month, you find 30 minutes a day.  I’ll bet you would get some breakthroughs.  For those of you non believers who say, “Who has the time for a half hour a day?” I humbly say, My friend, if you don’t have the time, then you have no priorities!”

But back to the question, what WOULD you do with that one minute, or fifteen minutes or thirty minutes?  

About Fred Kaplowitz
Marketing is in my DNA. I love to solve problems and meet challenges head on and I have successfully produced results for hundreds of clients. I love what I do and love helping to make my clients more successful and happier. I am a husband and father, consultant, a coach, a teacher, a motivator, a copy- writer, and a speaker. I look forward to working with anyone searching for a proven methodology out of mediocrity. May I assist you in taking your business to the next level. Please call me now @ 516 359 4874 to review your business goals and strategies.

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