Do you have BIG dreams? The kind which scare you and make you wonder if they are even possible…
Do you dream BIG for a moment and before the thought even finishes, you have found 100 different reasons it won’t happen?
There was a time (pre-MS brain fog) when I would DREAM BIG of having my own business where I was financially stable (no debt) , I could make my own hours and do what I wanted, when I wanted. The dream soon became reality – or at least a little bit. I have my own business where I make my own hours and am slowly becoming debt-free but I have downsized those dreams.
For me, it is more about health issues. I dreamed of promoting in Thirty One, of being part of the Gives Council BUT over the last year or so, I have begun to accept some things. Traveling is more difficult. Processing thoughts is a struggle most days. My memory is just not what it used to be. Some would say I settled. Others would say I am realistic. I am happy where I am, enjoying the moment.
Do You Dream BIG?
The truth is most people downsize their dreams out of fear. Fear of criticism. Fear of failure. Fear of success and doubts about whether they can keep it up. It’s risky to dream big. The truth is, the real risk is living small. It’s getting to the end of your life and realizing so much more was possible, if only you had been willing to listen to – and pursue – the desires of your heart.
What’s your real dream? Not the dream you’ve downsized so it feels more manageable, but the true desire of your heart. Too often, we surrender to fear and settle for something less than what we really want. We even try to convince ourselves we don’t want what we want. But it’s useless. You can try to bury your dream, but it doesn’t mean it will die.
One of the most powerful decisions successful women make is this:
I do not downsize my dream.
Whether it is a vision of being debt-free and financially independent or a career calling you or a fitness goal – be bold enough to declare your real dream and go after it. Persist. Do the hard work. Be willing to face disapproval or the criticism of others. In doing so, you will be true to yourself and set the stage for creating a life which is an authentic adventure of meaningful experiences.
Don’t judge other’s dreams or even when they change their dreams. Don’t compare yourself to others if you have similar dreams or goals. These are the thoughts which will keep you dreaming small or not dreaming at all. They will keep you from living the life you were meant to have.
What is YOUR big dream? Share it with us. Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
Predictions of snowy weather often have many cancelling their events and parties. How are you prepared to keep your business going?
.Since I rely on my business to pay my bills, I am always working on a plan to keep things consistent while I (and my customers) are snuggled warm at home. Last winter, I was able to hit my goal as was my team with some planning – I always have a plan B….
Here are some tips to help you keep your sales up during those cold winter months…
Pick a product or a bundle of products and offer them at a discount for a 24-hour period only. Let your customers know by sharing the products LIVE on Facebook or via an email or even in a text message. Encourage them to share the flash sale with friends – the more the merrier. Thankfully, Thirty One offers us a chance to give our customers a discount without it effecting our pocketbook – an AWESOME consultant perk. If a 40% discount off, isn’t in your budget, utilize the specials offered by your company to create bundles for your customers. By creating a sense of urgency (today only) you can encourage people to shop.
2. Facebook LIVE parties
Facebook LIVE is a great way to demonstrate products, do drawings, and have fun. By letting your customers see you LIVE, they establish a connection with you, and see your personality shine. Encourage attendees to share the video with friends. Ask simple questions like where do you live so everyone checks in. Acknowledge those who check in with a greeting or comment. The more interaction, the more people will see it on their Facebook newsfeed. The end result is to take orders by sharing solutions to their every day problems with your products. This is definitely on my TO DO list for the winter months. Even if it isn’t a party, just going LIVE to share products and tips will help your sales.
3. Show on the Go parties
Pack up some samples of your products, catalogs and share them with 6 of your friends. Encourage each of them to collect $100 in orders. Give it a fun name and split the hostess benefits between them. Chances are they will collect more than $100 in sales.
4. If it’s just a flurry
Have a flurry sale offering, get rid of retiring prints and products or excess inventory – we in direct sales always have excess inventory. Have a home party, offer a discount or special gift if the party holds and guests attend or order.
5. Hold a Mystery Host party
Text, email, phone or facebook message past/ current customers for orders. Anyone who places an order will be entered in a drawing to win ALL of the hostess benefits. The more orders, the more benefits.
Be sure to OVERBOOK your calendar in the winter months. One date is the party date and the second date is a snow date, just in case the original date is postponed due to weather. If a home party is cancelled, switch it to a ZOOM or Facebook LIVE party. You were scheduled to work, so work your business. ZOOM is a fun way to get everyone on at the same time. You can see them and they can see you. Then you can download and share it those who couldn’t attend.
Another fun idea to get people out to a wintery party is with a theme party – have them thinking warm with a summer or tropical theme. Encourage guests to dress based on the theme and have your hostess focus her snacks (simply and easy) on it as well. It’s a fun way to bring hope the winter will soon be over and allows everyone to dream a little.
What is your best tip for keeping your business consistent during the winter?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
Thank you Kelly Balarie for today’s message…
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. ~~ Psalm 127:1 NIV
There are two ways champion athletes act. Consider the game of football. The guy who runs the winning touchdown either kneels on the ground, pounds his fists against his chest, and yells, “I’m Da’ Man!” or he runs to the 10-yard line, points up to God, and says, “All due credit goes to You, Jesus.”
May we do all things to the glory of God.
A girl can hope, right? Sometimes I misplace due-glory. It’s not that I don’t want to thank, praise or give credit to God. I do. It is just that I get busy, distracted, and focused on all that I need to do. All the people who need me. All the happenings around me.
Are you at all like me?
Consider, when you (work, help others, do a job, want something, are after a dream), do you:
1. Work really hard, yet feel disappointed that you don’t get what you want? (Yes/No)
2. Put your best effort in, yet feel reliant on the outcome? (Yes/No)
3. Get upset when people don’t acknowledge what you’ve done? (Yes/No)
4. Become worried that other people will look better than you? (Yes/No)
5. Wonder if you’ll be put to shame if you don’t perform well? (Yes/No)
6. Hope that people see you and notice all that you are doing? (Yes/No)
7. Work yourself to the point of being extremely tired? (Yes/No)
8. Say yes to everyone even though you know you should say no? (Yes/No)
9. Expect people to give you the things “due to you”? (Yes/No)
10. Become resentful towards the “many” people who demand things of you? (Yes/No)
If you answered yes to a few of the above questions, this is a good sign you’re working by your own strength. Strength that leads to discouragement, disappointment and a depleted spirit.
Our strength = Our defeat.
His strength = Our victory.
Where do you need to move out of the way, so that you can find a new, restful and restorative way — Jesus’ way?
Relying on God’s victory doesn’t mean we do nothing. Here are some things we can do, while trusting God as we wait on Him. We can:
2. Lean on His promises
3. Wait to understand what He wants us to do.
4. Move out and love others
6. Pray and give thanks.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
The summer is half over and what have you done? Have you been a Vacation Veronica? Have you enjoyed family and friends but dread what will happen when you open your calendar for the fall? OR have you been crazy busy and are in desperate need of a break?
Maybe the question should be, whether or not you’ll take time for a break. Today, we are living life at a faster pace. Everyone is offering us ways to save time with more tech gadgets. Instead of freeing up our time, they have us trying to figure our how much more we can accomplish with the time saved. I sometimes feel like I’m on a treadmill which keeps increasing speed. Moving faster but not always sure how much I am actually getting done. Are you wondering if you need a break? Here are a few signs it’s time to take a break.
1. You are busy but not productive.
You know what I mean, right?. You’re doing stuff, just not the most important stuff. You’re shifting papers but definitely not moving forward. If this is you, take a break. Refocus. Restart.
2. You are irritable, even when nothing particularly stressful is happening.
Do you have a sour attitude? What I mean is, do you feel frustrated, or unsatisfied in you job? Chances are there’s something hiding beneath the surface. Usually anger— even the quiet, passive-aggressive type – is a sign boundaries have been crossed. Are you stuffing your feelings? Resentment emerges when we don’t speak up, ask for help, or make a necessary change. This is probably one of my biggest character defects.
3. You just accomplished a big goal.
Did you know our energy is depleted after we accomplish a big goal? I always thought it was the opposite. Studies show, we are more effective and able to work towards future goals when we give our minds and bodies a chance to recover. This allows our energy to be replenished for the next big goal. When you finish a major project – Celebrate. Relax. Rejuvenate. Then move on.
4. Your body hurts.
Your body will give you warning signs. I don’t mean the aches from old age (yup, my big complaint). I mean things like chronic back or neck pain, headaches, and fatigue. Don’t ignore them. These are usually the ways your body is trying to tell you something. Listen. If you don’t, there could be long-term consequences ahead.
5. You’re dreaming about work.
This was me when I was working…. I was forever dreaming of projects, and deadlines. Now working for myself I am able to walk away from things (sometimes). No matter what, it’s a definite sign some downtime is LONG overdue.
6. You haven’t had a break in a while.
Are you thinking, none of those apply to me? Guess what? Even if they don’t and you haven’t had time off in awhile, it is time to take a break! It could simply be ten minutes every couple of hours, a day of downtime every week (unplug), and a vacation or personal days for fun time every few months will make you far more productive—and far happier—than working nonstop.
Give yourself a break! Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!