Face Your Fear

One of the best books I have ever read is “Who Moved My Cheese?” If you haven’t read it yet, buy it or borrow it and read it soon! It could make a difference in your life. The book is an easy read about life in the “Maze”. I’ve been in the maze before and I’m sure most of you have been too! The maze is the time of your life when you settle for what is now because you fear what lies ahead!

We all enter the maze at various times in our life and we know that change is around the corner. Sometimes we respond quickly and embrace change and at other times we hesitate to venture into the maze and hope that the “cheese supply does not run out”.

The number one reason people don’t want to change is because they are afraid of what lies ahead. Remember, the only person who really likes change is a “wet baby”! Even when we are pretty sure that the change will be better for us, we do everything we can to avoid it. “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” That is the question you will ask yourself over and over when you read the book! Here are few ways to help you look at “change” in a different light!

1. Focus on what’s the best that could happen! Instead of asking…”What’s the worst that could happen, ask yourself…What’s the best thing that could happen from this?” Often we tend to focus on the negative aspect of change rather than the positive aspects. We develop a paralyzing fear because of the negative results we foresee. Refocusing on the positive effects of change will lead to excitement and we’ll be ready to try something new. “Remember, you can’t steal second if you don’t take your foot off first.” ~ Mike Todd (1909-1958) American Showman

2. Set and review your goals. It’s a proven fact that people who set goals and make an action plan to reach them are not afraid of change. They are “risk takers” and know that if you want to grow, you have to change. People who fear change often become stagnant in their job and careers. Ask yourself, “What can I do better to help me reach my goals? What do I need to change? What do I nee to add?”

3. Vision yourself enjoying the benefits of change. Keep a mental picture of what your life will be like when you change. Reward yourself when you make a change for the better! Review the process of change and give yourself credit for facing the “fear of change”! ENJOY THE TRIP!!

How can we implement these ideas into our Direct Selling business? Very easily! I have come to the realization that we become comfortable with the way we do things and even when we learn a new idea that could increase sales, bookings or sponsoring, because it is often outside our “comfort zone” we refuse to make the change.

As I was holding the coaching tele-seminar series I found that even though some people were having tremendous success from trying some of the ideas I suggested others were paralyzed with fear at trying something new! Here’s an example: “One consultant played the “envelope booking game” I teach in my workbook and the video and she booked five people of the nine that attended the party.

Another consultant that same week told me “She was afraid that people would think she was being too pushy!” Her fear of the way others will judge her will prevent her from making a change that could potentially explode her business.

Here’s another example: “One consultant played the “sponsoring game” that is also in my workbook and video and she e-mailed me that two people wrote down they might be interested in finding out about the business.”

Another consultant e-mailed me and asked me what if everyone puts “No” they are not interested? She said she would “feel uncomfortable” if no one was interested. Will her “fear” prevent her from making a change that could explode her sponsoring? I hope not! If you are having a hard time changing take it SLOW! Often change comes easily one step at a time!

“What would you do if you were not afraid?”

Comments

  1. Shawna Straub - Urban Botanic says:

    I absolutely LOVED this blog today. It’s definitely what my team needs to hear and I’ll be sharing it :)

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