You may notice a few changes happening around here – and by here, I mean the space that is my business. The GOOD news is that I am GROWING!!!! The bad news is – well, there is no bad news! Growth means the ability to serve my clients needs better.
And you know, I’m all about making things better!
First, a brief business update and then to the topic of this post, ROI.
* I have a new website name, MelissaThomas.live
(Website will be developed soon but for now, everything is still Melissa the Coach)
* I have expanded to offering time management in addition to money management. Most people need both and I can help with that! #personalexperience
* I wrote a book that will come out in July – more details forthcoming.
My business intro has changed:
I am a consultant who helps people manage their time and money so they can live life on purpose.
Ultimately, living life on purpose is what I want for the people I serve. It’s what I want for myself and my loved ones. Why?
I believe there is more to life than waking up, going to work, coming home, going to bed and repeating the next day. We have a PURPOSE for being here on Earth and to many people don’t find it of pursue because they lack the two resources necessary to make it happen – time and money.
I think everyone fits into one of two purposes – you either pursue your dreams or help other people pursue theirs.
I want to help change that by providing the services and resources people need to make forward progress on their life’s purpose.
With that, I’ve ADDED a service – a 30-minute session over the phone for you to “pick my brain” and for me to offer solutions, resources, and ideas to help you.
This new service and my regular one-hour consultations can be scheduled by visiting melissathecoach.com and clicking the Work with Me tab at the top of the website.
As more changes roll out, I will update through blog posts and the monthly newsletter. Be sure you are SUBSCRIBED so you don’t miss anything! You can go to MelissatheCoach. cam and subscribe in the pop-up box that appears.
I’m SO excited about this slight shift in direction for my business and SO appreciate everyone who hires me and sends referrals!
And now for today’s topic: ROI
ROI stands for Return On Investment. Generally speaking, it’s a financial term used when referring to making financial investments in, for example, the stock market. When we invest money into the stock market, we want to know what is the return we will receive for that investment.
Today, I don’t want to talk about ROI from a financial perspective – I want to talk about it on a more personal level. This idea came to mind after a conversation I had with my friend Pat Hairston, the Program Director for Canines for Service. As many of you know, this non-profit is one of my favorites and we have been volunteers and supporters since 2004.
We have sponsored a Service Dog in Training since 2009.
I stopped by the office one day last week and Pat and I were having a general conversation about people who support CFS. She made a comment to me about how we are not just supporters but we have invested in the purpose and mission of the organization.
I never thought about it like that before – what does it mean to have invested in CFS? It means that since 2004 we have donated thousands of dollars to support the endeavor of placing service dogs with qualified civilians or veterans FREE of charge. It means that we have made a commitment to sponsor a service dog in training – making a monthly donation to cover the costs of food, vet bills, etc. And yes, we maintained that commitment pre-debt free, while getting out of debt and continued after becoming debt free.
What is the return on our investment? It’s almost immeasurable but at the very least, it means that Andrew received his second service dog through Canines for Service because we sponsored Service Dog Benjamin.
We watched SD Benjamin go from a puppy through various stages of training and then I attended the placement ceremony. What a moment to witness Andrew’s reaction to receiving Benjamin! #immeasurableROI
It means that our new sponsee, Service Dog in Training Zoar, will one day have a person to call his own, someone with physical limitations who needs a service dog.
I met Zoar for the first time at the Walk Fundraiser for CFS. He was rescued from a local shelter and is making excellent progress in his training.
Investing in others can have a great, immeasurable return on that investment.
What about investing in yourself? Often, I share this quote, by me:
“The greatest investment I have ever made is the investment in ME
because I control the ROI”
It’s true if I make the investment than I control what I get out of it. For example, on December 31st, 2009 I made the investment of $99 to purchase the at home study course of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. What was my ROI?
*paid off over $43K of debt in less than 4 years
*no longer live paycheck to paycheck
*saved our financial life
*have a plan for our financial future
*created Generational Change
*started a pet sitting business
*starting a coaching business
The list could go on but you get the point – what is the measurement of that investment?
Definitely got that $99 “back” over and over and over again!!!!
How about an investment of time? Time spent parenting, time spent building relationships, time spent pursuing my dream – they all have an ROI. Some of it is measurable, some of it is not but the results are there if the effort is applied.
What have you invested in lately?
Remember that money is not always the return of the investment.