Time for a Reality Check

Happy Friday!  This has been a rough week for me – emotionally and spiritually.  The roller coaster ride this week, has left me exhausted and seeking refuge.   Satan had a field day with me so as a wise woman (thank you Hope Shortt) likes to remind me – Satan fights the hardest when God is ready to bless us.  So, I have been fighting Satan all week, trusting in God and believing that if I continue to lean on HIM, my prayers will be answered.  As of now, they haven’t been answered – or at least not in the way I expected or in my time but I know that it isn’t all about me, right?

Here are some wise words that will guide me into the weekend:

  • I love a quote from yesterday’s blog radio broadcast from ETTM “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!”.  Thank you Lynette Barbieri.  This was a great reminder that I shouldn’t just sit back and WAIT for an opportunity – I need to BUILD one.  How many of you are waiting for opportunity to knock?  Waiting for the PERFECT time to do something?  Why wait?
  • Robin Beelman, a Senior Executive Director with Thirty One shared this on her page from Darren Hardy….
    Focus your attention on ideas, information and knowledge that can help you grow, prosper, create and contribute to making a positive difference based on your unique talent, skills and effort. Turn OFF the rest… it will change your world and your life! What will you turn OFF tomorrow?  This is a KICK in the BUTT for me since I struggle with comparing myself to others.  When I am drained – Pity Patti, Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie form a tag team to try and keep me from focusing on my strengths.  What is YOUR unique ability and are you focused on it?
  • As Vanessa Coppes said in a great blog called “7 Ways to Call Yourself Out on Your Own Bull$#!T”:  When you’re feeling drained…unplug. Yes that means not checking your mobile device every 5 minutes. Reconnect with your spouse, your children, go for a walk, pray. Take at least 5 minutes to center yourself. If you do this every day, I promise you it will remind you of your why. And your why is what matters.  LOL.  Yet another struggle for me which is probably why I am struggling this week.  Rob has even said, “Your head is always facing down” meaning that I am ALWAYS looking at my phone. You would think that would have been enough of a reality check, right?

So, I am ready for the weekend to relax, reflect and recharge.  Tomorrow, I get to spend some time with some AMAZING women at Enchanted Makeovers as they prepare for their annual “She is Me Event“.  I will do all I can to CELEBRATE – ENCOURAGE – REWARD them in Thirty One style.  A gentle reminder of the many blessings that Thirty One has given me and the greatest gift is to share that with others.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful weekend!

 

 

Don’t Just Sponsor, HIRE!

In direct sales, we are taught that to grow in leadership we need to recruit new members to our team.  As I have shared in the past, I originally FELL into leadership.  Sometimes I think it was easier when I didn’t know what I was doing except sharing the gift that was given to me.  The more I know, the harder it seems to be for me.


Over the last week, I have seen blogs, Facebook training postings and taken a class with Shining Stars University all focusing on this topic.  Do you think someone is trying to tell me something?  See if any of this sounds like you:

Can you spot a recruit?  Are you actively LOOKING for someone who would be great for your direct sales opportunity?  Maybe you are missing the ones that are right under your nose?  Here are some cues that came from “My Direct Selling” blog – Do you know someone who: has purchased product from you, wants to work from home, needs some extra money, wants to make a change in her life, has great self confidence, takes over at the parties you are hosting to help everyone?  Have you offered her the opportunity or have you missed those cues?  As I look back on some of my parties, I can almost guarantee that I have missed those cues and more.  I was busy answering questions and helping customers to pick out products forgetting to observe what was happening in the rest of the room.

Here are the FOUR top reasons that we may not be sharing with others:  
  1. Fear of rejection.  GET OVER IT!  I know, easier said then done, for me at least.  The word “NO” is nothing personal and may only mean at this time.  Planting a seed may bear a flower (or a new recruit) later on.
  2. Fear of being pushy.  In this case, we are probably thinking of ourselves and not about the potential recruit. It may be we are just imposing our past negative situations on this potential recruiting opportunity.  Share your fear with the potential recruit – let her know that you are human.   Let her know that you don’t want to be pushy but you noticed that she would be great at this.  Be honest and forthright, your prospect will respect you.  In most cases, they will listen to you as well.
  3. Not ready for leadership.  I know I wasn’t.  I had no clue on how to lead a team.  It just happened.  The truth is that the best way to increase your income is to grow a team.  Work smarter not harder.
  4. Don’t want to step out of our comfort zone. WOW!  This is always a big one for me.  I am growing and stepping out more but in this area, it is still a problem.  
Just like any other business, we need to OFFER the business opportunity (job) to everyone as if there is lots of openings that need to be filled.  Some will jump on board while others may hesitate and still others will outright refuse.  In direct sales, we can’t hang a help wanted sign on the door and wait for people to walk in.  We need to watch for those cues at parties or when we are talking to people so that we can OFFER them the opportunity.

Are you ready to offer the opportunity?  Are you willing to share the gift that was given to you with others so they can change their lives too?  I would love to hear from others about your ideas on recruiting…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!