We have been doing a lot of work in our backyard this spring. My wonderful hubby set up a couple of fountains for me and we have a container garden going this year along with some pretty annual flowers planted. We love having the birds come in to feed and we have set up a watering station for them as well. But my heart longs for the hummingbirds and butterflies as well so we put some hummingbird nectar out and went and bought a Vitex plant. All said I’m pretty happy with our backyard set up for the summer.
Deeper back in the yard but still within sight range are some birdhouses. Nothing has really happened in them the last year but this year in our Bluebird house of all places a little sparrow family decided to set up house and raise their little ones. Truthfully, I was a little disappointed I mean it’s a bluebird house and I got sparrows. But as we have been working out there I realize that this little family was a welcomed addition. They work non-stop to take care of their babies, gathering bugs and all sorts of good things and taking them to the baby birds.
The Early Bird Gets The Client – A business lesson that this little sparrow taught me is that the early bird does get the worm, or birdhouse or in my case the client. Don’t wait for permission to go after what you want. If you see something that you need go get it and when it’s yours work hard to take care of it. Something that happened this last week-end a bluebird did fly into our yard and landed on the bluebird house. The little sparrow momma was there in a heartbeat. I don’t know what was said but the bluebird shortly fly away. Because of the work our little sparrow family had down the house belonged to them. Are you doing the same? Are you servicing and taking care of your clients so well that if a bigger competitor came along you could confidently tell them to take a hike you had everything taken care of here and the client would agree?
Don’t Do Things The Same Way Everyone Else Does – I told you that we bought a new plant to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The other morning I was out watering and giving the plant a good soak. And along came my little sparrow and she took the best dirt/mud bath in the water for the Vitex plant. Then I would see her pecking the ground I guess when she saw a bug or piece of grass she wanted. She had the best time there! She wasn’t worried about the experience that plant was really there to provide for. She used it to suit her needs. How many times have we let not having just the right tool stop us from doing our job? To just get out there and make it happen and use what is around us to be successful and stop making excuses. There is always going to be something we need something we don’t know, take a lesson from my friend and just use what you got and enjoy the process of doing something to make your business grow.
If The Client Isn’t Happy Nobody Is Happy – It doesn’t matter what time of the day I go out to the backyard. I always hear my little sparrow singing away. Instantly, it puts me in a good mood and I know her family enjoys it too. The babies will be quiet and then when their momma starts singing they join with their own loud addition. I like to think that the momma is singing to lift everyone’s spirits and to let her family know she is close by and keeping watch on them. They are safe and all is well. Now, I am not encouraging any of us to call our clients and start singing to them. But when was the last time you called your clients just to tell them that everything was ok with their accounts. You were just checking in to update them about the week and that you took care of any problems that did occur. Our clients are busy but they are never too busy to hear that you were on guard, did your work and all is well with their accounts.
So, that is what my little backyard sparrow taught me this week. What was your favorite lesson that she taught me? How can you apply it to your business?
P.S. I tried to get a picture of my little sparrow but she never showed up very well and she wouldn’t stay in place for a close up so my last picture was at the feeders where she spends a lot of time.