"I Just Don’t Have Time to Level Up"

February 17, 2020
Executive Coaching

“I am too busy right now. I just don’t have time to work on myself.”


“I have so many people to get back to, but they’ll just have to wait.”


“I’d like to step back and prioritize what I have to do, but not right now.”


There can always be a reason why you can’t work ON your business because you’re busy working IN your business. The only problem is that when you‘re working IN it, you are not growing or improving anything (including yourself). You’re just “keeping up” (or trying to).


As an Executive Coach, I run into all sorts of people who want me to coach them. The majority want to improve and know that it will be an exciting journey— especially as they get better and better. Every once in a while, though, I run into someone who’s been put into my program by their leader, but they aren’t very invested in the process.


They want to change the day of the session or the time of the session and then tell me they are so swamped that they want to cut it off early. It’s hard to work with this type of client because it will take much longer to not only have some “aha” moments, but also to show them that there is a whole new level of performance awaiting them—if they’ll only invest some time in the  process.


I recently acquired a client like this and told her this story:


What if you were going to have surgery for a serious illness. You are very concerned, but feel better because there is a new operation that is much less invasive, has a 99% success rate, is much less painful than the old way AND the recovery time is quick, In fact you can do it as a day surgery procedure.


Before the operation, the surgeon checks in with you prior to you getting anesthesia. You tell her you read about the new operation. She says that she knows about that procedure and likes the sound of it. The only problem is that she says she’s been so busy that she hasn’t had time to go to the education classes about this new procedure. So, she will do the surgery the same way she’s been doing it for years.


Which surgery do you want? The old process or the new one?




  1. Are you continually educating yourself in your field?
  2. Do people see you as being up all the latest techniques or not?
  3. What should you be doing to make you the best in your field?

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Dan Chiodo

Passion. Charisma. Results. It’s those values and a desire to see others achieve them for themselves that led Dan to found iMPACT Training & Development, a firm which offers training to guide individuals into a higher level of performance through executive coaching, motivational speaking, staff training and organizational development.


As a Certified Mastermind Executive Coach, Dan teaches courses in leadership development, communication, sales, customer service and time management, with a focus on hands-on learning strategies.


Dan’s experience and interest in time management led to writing his book PerfectTIMING which is available on his website, as well as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other books stores.


Dan also serves as the Senior Associate to Dr. Bill Wallisch, founder of MAIN Point, which is a communications firm that specializes in strategic communication skills for organizations worldwide. Clients include astronauts and cosmonauts of NASA, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, General Mills and the White House. MAINPoint also prepares well-known personalities for appearances on national television programs, such as Today, Nightline, Good Morning America and Meet the Press.


Dan spent a great part of his career in the communications field, having served more than ten years as the President & Publisher of the Joplin (MO) Globe, which is one of the largest newspapers in Community Newspaper Holding’s (CNHI) groups of newspapers in the U.S.

Prior to that, Dan held several management positions with Ottaway Newspapers, the community newspaper division of Dow Jones, Inc. He has also worked at communications companies in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Minnesota and Missouri.


Dan graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He also attended the American Press Institute, Reston, Va., the management studies program at Kellogg University, Chicago, Ill., and Leaderpoint Management Development Institute, Overland Park, Ks. He also taught at the Bloomsburg Journalism Institute, Bloomsburg, Penn., and at Ashland Community College, Ashland, Ky. Dan was an instructor for the Xerox Professional Selling Skills program and administrated it for several Ottaway newspapers.


Dan’s assignments have taken him to countries such as Mexico, Panama, Australia, the UK and Dubai. He has also taught in the U.S. for companies such as General Mills, Nestle, Medtronic, Knutson Construction, the State of Missouri and Freeman Health System hospitals.


Dan is also on the John Maxwell Team of instructors and coaches, working with John to offer his courses throughout the country.

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