Yes, I know we are just 5 days away from Christmas but I wanted to send this out to all my friends in direct sales. I know it is geared towards ThirtyOne (courtesy of a Thirty One sister) BUT I am sure you can substitute in some of your own words…
Twas the week before Christmas ,
When all through the land,
My Goal was not met…. and I needed a hand.
My goals were drawn up, on paper with care,
I was sitting, fingers crossed, hoping sales would be there.
My Children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While the thought of “no paycheck in January”, filled me with dread.
My husband told me I could do it.
Oh no – the pressure was high
But my doubts consumed me, I’m not going to lie.
When out on Facebook an idea was there,
It gave us permission with wisdom and care.
To pick up the heavy phone and raise some clatter.
Because if you do, your paycheck just might be fatter.
So away to my back office, I flew in a flash
I printed my contact list like I ran a 100 yard dash.
But picking up the phone, as those of us in Direct Sales probably know
Was the most dreaded task when you NEED your business to grow.
I know it was time to swallow my pride.
This was crunch time and “go” time .
From my goals, I would not hide.
I needed a plan and I needed one quick.
Before I backed out…..you see my stomach felt sick.
I knew it would take more than Facebook gimmicks this late in the game.
But what if I speak with them and they think I’m lame?
What if I call Shelly, Donna, Karen and Susan?
What if I talk to Becky and Lisa but no one finds me amusing?
I was frozen and frightened and felt backed into a wall.
But I am smart and I know I NEEDED TO CALL.
So I sat at my desk, knowing I just had to try.
No more excuses or I would kiss my paycheck goodbye.
So I picked up the phone and I dialed it with fright
But what I found out was a shocking delight.
Most calls went to voice mail, it was easy as pie.
And talking to my customers did NOT cause me to die!
I found connecting with my customers to feel like a reward.
With my doubts and my fears, I had struck an accord.
After all, those customers, helped my business to grow.
Without them, my dreams and plans I could not sow.
It was good service and connection was owed – oh and rapport.
I owed it to them for their unwavering support.
I called the whole list. I felt it was a must.
I’m back in the game folks! No more cobwebs or dust!
So if you are like me and you have doubts in your head,
Please know you too have nothing to dread.
So pick up that phone and call YOUR customers one and all.
And I wish you success as you finish out Winter.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!