Accentuate the Positive in Your Life and Business

I often get asked how do you stay motivated and not discouraged when your business isn’t working like you’d want it to. I have a confession to make…I really wish I could say that I was motivated all the time but the truth is, I’m not. I’m really just like you and I’ve had my ups and downs in life and business. The difference could be, I don’t let the bad stuff keep me down for long! I keep digging and digging until I find my way out of a sales slump, a gloomy cycle, grief, and just about anything. I find strength in a variety of ways and I vow to myself that through God nothing bad is going to last forever, and it doesn’t.

Here are a few ways you can begin to focus on the good and positive and begin to eliminate the negative in your life.

  1. Take time to be grateful for all you have.  I’m often too busy thinking about what’s not going right to really be thankful for all the blessings in my life. Every cloud has a silver lining, every challenge has a great outcome on the other side if you stay focused and don’t give up. When I’ve had a down time in my business and been on the verge of calling it quits I take some quiet time to reflect. The first thing I do is take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle and make 2 columns. At the top of the first column I write “What’s Wrong” and at the top of the second column I write “What’s Right.”
    Then I begin writing down everything that isn’t going right in my business or life. It could be back-ordered items, not enough business, no referrals that are on my “What’s Wrong” list and then I begin listing all the good things. I really love being my own boss, setting my own hours, controlling my income (even if it does get shaky once in awhile) and I love the products and being able to help people, I love helping others build a successful business…and pretty soon the “What’s Right” list is much longer than the other. I take scissors and cut the columns, review and then throw away the “What’s Wrong” list and hang the “What’s Right” list over my desk and focus on the good things and it’s funny because more good things begin to occur.
  2. Detach from your devices once in awhile. I know this is a killer but the more I’m connected to everyone and everything in as many ways as possible the less time I have for me and my thoughts. If you have challenges in your business and your life sometimes it’s best to just disconnect and have some quiet time to reflect. It’s difficult for an overly stimulated mind to come up with solutions so you’ve got to allow yourself some down time. My solution is to turn everything off and go into my library or outdoors when it’s nice with a legal pad of paper. I have no particular agenda in mind, I just start thinking and pretty soon, I’m writing whatever comes to my mind. It could be a new article, it could be a cool script I want to teach on a call, it could be a way to save more for retirement…I just keep writing.
    Do yourself and your over-stimulated brain a favor and power everything down for at least a couple hours each week and give yourself some time off from everything. You’ll be glad you did!
  3. Count your blessings. Since reading “7 Levels of Communication” by Michael Maher this past fall I have been writing in my “Blessings Book” almost daily, 5 things I am grateful for. I’m grateful for my family and my health, the beauty of nature and a variety of other things. Taking a few minutes every day to write down my blessings has really been “eye-opening” and helped me realize how blessed I am. Another easy project is to create a “Gratitude Jar” and take time now and then to write down what you are grateful for and review them on New Year’s Eve!  
  4. Take time to say Thank You. Even better, take time to send a thank you note to someone who helped you or was gracious to you or who remembered you in a special way. Send than you notes to your clients, customers, those who have referred business to you and watch as more business suddenly appears!  Sending Thank You notes seems to be a lost art that is in need of revival. You may not think that such a little gesture could mean so much but I can show you a stack of Thank You Notes that I’ve been collecting for over 20 years. Many of them from consultants who took time to thank me for being a good leader, or for their contest prize or a special party. Every once in awhile I get them out and remember the people who appreciated what I did for them. NEVER underestimate the power of a handwritten Thank You note!
  5. Believe anything is POSSIBLE. I have a sign hanging over my desk right now that says “When you focus on POSSIBILITIES instead of PROBLEMS…You will see more OPPORTUNITIES in your life!” Wow, that’s powerful and so true! Focusing on problems creates more problems and you have less time to really focus on everything that you want that is just within your reach if you only believed. There’s another sign over the desk in my library (Desk #2 of 3) that is a quote my mother wrote in her yearbook, “She can because…she BELIEVES she CAN!” Oh Yeah, there’s another one over the door in my office that reads, “Shoot for the Moon; even if you miss you’ll land among the stars!” I have surrounded myself with visual reminders that anything is possible!
  6. Get rid of the drama. I DON’T DO DRAMA! I don’t  have time for it and it zaps my energy. Get rid of the drama (and people who cause it) in your life. Let’s face it some people are just meant to miserable. They look miserable, act miserable and feel miserable ALL the TIME! Everything is wrong, nothing is going well and they sure want you to know about it. They LOVE to talk about other people and they want to suck you into the gossip circle! I have one word of advice for you, RUN as fast as you can and as far away as possible. Nothing good ever comes from gossip, drama or whatever  you want to call it. Get rid of it right away!
  7. Map out your life.That’s right, use today as a starting point and begin to create a map of what you want your life to look like, 6 months from now, 1 year from now, 5 years from now and beyond. It’s really about taking goal setting to a new level! Use lifelines (deadlines are terrifying) and really start to think about what you want to happen, how you want to feel and who you want to become in the process. I often feel like Peter Pan in that I never want to grow up and take the JOY out of living. I often dread going on vacation because I’m afraid I’m going to get behind and then I realize, that’s what I’m working for! I’m working hard so I can take some fun vacations! None of us knows for sure how much time we have on this earth so all we can do is make the most of every moment and plan for good things to come!There are so many ways to focus on what’s good but our natural tendency is to focus on what’s wrong. I remember just after my mother had passed away I was really down with grief and then a few months later my grandson Ryan was born and I realized, everything is a cycle. Someone I loved very much left my life but now someone new was coming in and it was up to me to open my eyes and heart to this new person. Even though I still miss my mother every single day I know I must open my heart to others, enjoy my blessings and live my life joyously helping as many people as possible. Life really is wonderful!  Want to make 2013 your best year ever? Check out the Blueprint for Success and Prosperity

5 Simple Steps to Set Yourself Up for Success!

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Are YOU in it to Win it? How do you go after success? Do you quit when the going gets too tough or do you get up bruised and battered and go at it again? As a child I never really learned how to succeed, in fact the truth is I was a quitter! I hated to embarrass myself in front of others so rather than try again, I would usually just sit and sulk on the sidelines (go figure, the motivator needed motivation.) LOL, I think the first thing I really went after and didn’t give up on was getting my man and I’m pleased to say, I’m glad I didn’t quit as we’ve been married over 40 years!

Anyway, I really think too many people quit while they are down (or down in the dumps) and they don’t even realize that success could be right around the corner! I thought I’d share a few of the simple steps I take to get myself back in the game and on track for the success I want in my life and my business!

1. Set clear, precise goals with strict deadlines. What exactly do you want? When do you want it by? How are you going to get it? What are the steps you need to take in order to make it happen? Brian Tracy says, “Take your goal and work backwards, figuring out each step that you need to take in order to make it happen.” If you have a Sales goal of $50,000 for the year divide it by 12months or better yet break it down by weeks. You will need $4, 166.67 per month or $96154 per week.

Tip: Give yourself a break and set your weekly goal a little higher so  you will have completed your goals with 2 -4 weeks to spare. If you sell $1000 per week you will have accomplished your goal in 50 weeks (you can take the holidays off!) If you sell $1100 per week you will have accomplished your goal in 46 weeks. Whatever your case, I always suggest you give yourself a little breathing room so you’re not stressed at the end of the contest period or sales  year.

2. Know and Understand the Facts. It’s much easier for us to jump to conclusions when we’re not on target to reach our goals, than it is to analyze what’s really happening in our business & our life. You should be TRACKING everything you can track so you know where you can improve! It’s crazy to set a goal to improve in a certain area when you don’t have a starting point. Let’s say you want to weigh 20 pounds less by December 31′st. You have to have a starting point in order to know if you have reached your goal. In business many people say they want to improve but they don’t know by how much. To be successful in any endeavor it’s important to become a facts and figures person. Always be in a constant state of re-evaluation. I re-evaluated and adjusted what I needed to do to reach my goals at the end of every week for some short term contests and at the end of every month for long term contests.

If you have a couple bad weeks or a bad month it’s easier to get back on track right away when you have re-adjusted the amount that needs to be done. Let’s use the $50,000 yearly sales example again and say you had a less than stellar January and February and your total sales for the 2 months was $3000 which means you are $5,333.34 of the pace you need for the year. You have to take the balance you need $47,000 and divide it by the remaining 10 months and you now need $4,700 each month! Repeat after me, “To achieve my goals I need to track and re-adjust every month.”

3. Realize that most situations are temporary. Often a slump is self-induced (most of mine are) and they are brought on when we quit doing the RIGHT things that worked in the past. It’s very easy to get the “shiny object syndrome” and start trying lots of new stuff which distracts us and takes us away from a previously successful system! YIKES, I know it’s hard to blame ourselves and much easier to blame the lousy economy or other outside factors but the truth is more often than not it’s US! It is what it is, “put your Big Girl Panties On” (or Big Boy Boxers” and deal with it and then move on!

Always keep working on your goal! Don’t stop or you’ll get sucked in just like the millions of others who had good intentions but poor work ethics! It’s easier to gain momentum if you don’t quit moving. Making sales and customer service calls, sending thank you notes, asking for referrals are just a couple of the things you can do to keep the momentum going. You never know when your next boost will come but I guarantee it will come lots faster when you are heading in a upward direction instead of a downward spiral!

4. Reward Yourself and Stay Motivated. The hardest part of reaching any worthwhile goal is maintaining the same action steps you used in the beginning through the entire time you’re working on reaching your goal. We get bored, we get antsy, we get frustrated and we often lack the motivation to keep at anything for a long period of time and so we quit! It’s hard to keep making phone calls when you get voice mail after voice mail, or you hear no again and again. It’s hard to stay motivated when you lose 4 pounds your first week and week 5 you only lose a half a pound.

You MUST STAY MOTIVATED! You can listen to motivational material over and over again. You can say mantras out loud each and every day. You can also make sure you reward yourself when you reach milestones along the way. Let’s say the $50,000 yearly sales goal is what you need to earn a free trip. Have built in rewards for  yourself each time you hit a $10,000 increment. Your first $10,000 might be a new piece of luggage, the second thousand might be a new outfit to wear on the trip, you get the point. The rewards you give yourself motivate YOU to keep going to the next mile-marker! It’s important you reward yourself immediately and don’t save them up and do it all at one time. Motivation is key when you want to stay on track for success but the rewards don’t have to come from  an outside source, they can just as easily come from you!

5. Reach One Goal and Set Another. I’ve watched so many people go up and down in their business and their life because goal setting doesn’t become a HABIT with them! Many people reach a goal and then hit the skids, just the same as putting on the brakes in a car. The reason is simple, they failed to plan for their next accomplishment. The time to begin planning your next goal is BEFORE you complete the one you are currently working on. Failure to plan in advance will cause you to wander aimlessly in pursuit of nothing. You won’t know what to do because you won’t have a clear and precise picture of what you want to accomplish.

That’s it, I’m stopping right now to write down a few goals of my own! Okay, I’m done! Want to know what they are? Well one thing I learned over the years is to share my goals with people who can help me so the first one is “I will book 25 speaking engagements in 2013!” If I’m not scheduled to speak at your company you can help by finding out who hires your speakers and referring me to them, then email me an let me know who you talked to! The second goal is to complete “Dream Big and Design Your Destiny” the book I am currently working on by June 2013! I’ll design the chapters and set a target date to complete each chapter and when I’m done I’ll have “chocolate!” Don’t know where that came from, could be because of the new sugar-free lifestyle I’m pursuing. A little reward never hurt anyone, Right?

If you have any questions or you’d like to know more about how I set and pursued my goals in business and life check out my “Blueprint for Success and Prosperity” and get yourself on the Path to Success today!
Feel Free to share your goals with me and the other readers in the comment section below!

 

 


Are YOU Afraid to Lead?

I’m known as a “thought provoker!” I do my BEST to get people out of the inertia they are currently hiding behind so they can improve their lives,earn more income and begin to live the life of their dreams.  In direct selling many leaders, company executives and persons of influence are afraid to challenge people to do better or at least do their best because they don’t want to LOSE THEM! Great, so they continue to build a team or a company of whiners and complainers and provide them with every reason and incentive not to succeed in making money. Gotta love it when someone tells me their earned their company incentive trip and in the next breath they tell me they’re broke!

I confess, I despise mediocrity. I never sent my sons to school encouraging them to “get a C” when they were both capable of and did get lots of “A-grades.” I believe all of us were put on this earth to achieve greatness, make a difference and live up to our potential! We all have the ability to find an excuse or to “FIND A WAY” to succeed. I would never in my wildest dreams be afraid to show someone how to succeed in direct selling especially if I took the time to have “a conversation” with them to find out their goals and then showed them exactly step-by-step what they needed to do to reach them. I owe it to every one I share the opportunity with to show them how to succeed, not set them up to fail. Let’s look at just a few of the ways you can have a great impact on other people’s direct selling income as well as your own!

    1. Talk business opportunity first rather than product discount, free or discounted kit and other insane methods of entrapment.  Yes, you read it right!  Insecure people who are not confident about their company, product and opportunity will resort to anything to bring more non-workers on their team. Here’s today’s puzzling question. How much income can a leader earn if her 10 people have zero sales for the month?
    2. Don’t talk her to death to get her to sign-up. Ask questions to help her come to the right decision based on the desired outcome she would like to have. YES, some people won’t be honest with you. Get over it, most will at least let you know what they want as well as how much time they have available to work the business each week. Show her how to make it a reality!
    3. Hold her accountable. Don’t be a “whimpy” sponsor, leader or company executive,  or they will plow right over you. Let her know in advance she has a wonderful business opportunity but it won’t work if she doesn’t. If she tells you she wants to hold 2 parties per week so she can earn $300 each week, provide her with the formula, training and accountability to insure it happens more often than not.
    4. Provide her with simple incentives for reaching “her goals” early on but be careful not to begin rewarding for mediocrity right from the beginning. Always focus on “HER GOALS” and not what you think she should do. You may inadvertently show her how to do less than she wants which will prevent her from earning the income she desires.
    5. Have a system in place to train, motivate and move people up through the ranks in your company. The more complete your system the greater chance you will have in helping your team members succeed. BONUS: The more success they have the larger your leadership bonus check will be each month.

I loved being a direct selling leader because it allowed me the opportunity to have a positive impact on so many lives.In the beginning I too was afraid to show people how to succeed. I was afraid they would change their mind and not do the business (which would be their loss) and more importantly I was afraid that my recruits would think I was being to pushy about wanting them to succeed so I could earn more money on them. So I’m ashamed to say, in the beginning I was thinking more of myself than I was of them. Once I came to the realization the only way to truly help someone is to empower them to do their best it became easier for me to do what I knew in my heart was going to help them reach their goals and dreams. I quit being afraid of those who might complain I was being too harsh and instead focused on those who wanted a thriving business. I built a team of WINNERS not WHINERS who were earning more than the average consultants in our company! Come to think of it in over 20 years no one ever came to me and said, “Karen, I don’t like YOU. You helped me make too much money! You showed me that reaching my goals was possible! How dare YOU!”
NOPE…no one ever told me that…but even if they did I would have moved on to the next person without blinking an eye!

If you’re ready to take  your leadership skills and systems to the next level and you aren’t afraid to join me in Las Vegas, March 29 – April 1′st, 2012 for the Direct Selling Leadership Bootcamp then go to www.directsellingleader.com/info

24 Simple Ways to Grow Your Direct Selling Business and Move You Closer to Your Financial Independence!

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PART ONE

If you are in Direct Selling because you want to become financially independent, you are likely to be the type of person who will do anything they need to do and invest anything they need to invest to grow their business. You are probably very open-minded to new ideas and love to listen and learn from people who have walked the talk.

You want to walk across the stage at your company's convention! You want to earn the company award trip and you set your goal for the top prize in every contest your company announces! YOU ARE A WINNER!
You hang out with winners, you create more winners on your team, everyone wants to know your secret! You swear there is "no secret", you just work your business every day and implement the simple techniques you've learned from Karen Phelps!

That's it! You don't make excuses that there isn't enough time in the day to make phone calls. You understand the importance of creating consistency in your business and more importantly you understand the importance of helping your down line create consistency in their schedule.

CONSISTENCY = CONSISTENT INCOME = INDEPENDENCE!!!

If you don't have consistency you don't have a business you can count on! The good news is "It's easy to develop consistency in your business." Yes, it really is easier than you think, the trouble is, if you don't think it's easy you'll struggle the whole time you are in the business. So, get it out of your head right now, YES, I MEAN RIGHT NOW, that something is hard. You do realize, everything is as "easy as you make it."
I'm going to help you with these quick and easy ways to grow your business and make it easier to develop consistency. I know how to hold 3 -4 parties per week because I DID IT for 22 years! It's really not hard to get new recruits and move them up to leader within their first few months in the business. You can make excuses why your business isn't growing or find ways to make it grow. It's entirely up to you!

Do you have a tough time staying motivated to work your business? Try one or two of these simple tips.
1. Review why you joined the business. Think back to why it was important that you join and what you wanted to accomplish.
2. Set new goals. People often get stuck if they have set an unrealistic goal and not achieved it or if they have achieved a previous goal and not taken the time to set a new one. No matter what…you need something to work on.
3. Ask your leader to hold you accountable to report to her each week with the "income producing activities" you have done to increase your business. It's a lot like "weight loss", it's easier to lose when someone else is seeing the scale too!

If you are you ready to break through the boundaries of your mind, learn how to control your thoughts and manage your time and energy wisely to get more done than ever before, you'll want the  "Whole Enchilada.

Could you use more dated bookings on your calendar? Here are a few things your could do to get bookings right now.

4. Call past Hostesses to get them to rebook. Have a Special Offer for dates on your Open Date Card and offer to use a copy from their previous guest list to make it easy on the Hostess.
5. Call guests who have been placed on the "Maybe Later List" and have a special offer to select a date from your Open Date Card.
6. Increase the attendance at your parties using tips in the Increase Your Party Attendance CD. The more people in attendance the more you have to book from.
7. Ask your Hostess to help you identify potential bookers by offering a bonus for having "2 bookings before you arrive."
8. Make sure you have Hostess Packets with you at all your parties and be prepared to book 3 parties and give away the Hostess Packs that evening. Don't let a potential Hostess leave without a Hostess Pack.
9. Use the proven simple techniques which are part of the "Never Run Out of Bookings" package.
10. Play one of the booking games that are part of the "It's a Party Out There" program.   (Yes you really can get 3 bookings from every party if you want to.) The emails I receive from consultants who have gotten 5 and 6 bookings from a party prove if you are willing to get out of your comfort zone you can get as many bookings as you want.
11. Get off the computer and out of the house. You can't meet people if you are sitting home on the computer! Enough said!
12. Network everywhere you go. If you are at a ball game with your kids, have catalogs, samples and whatever you can fit in your purse or tote bag with you ready to share with other moms.

That "Awful Sucking Sound" is the money you are losing with every booking you "fail to get." I kept track of one booking for over 2 years and as the result of "1 new booking" I booked 121 more parties in the next 2 years!
YIKES…ARE YOU WILLING TO THROW AWAY THE COMMISSION ON 121 PARTIES?

Try some of the simple and easy steps taught in the many programs in the "Never Run Out of Bookings Package".

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Revive Your Direct Selling Business

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Spring is here and it's getting pretty close to summer in Michigan. The trees are in full bloom, the flowers are preparing for their brilliant display of color and I am so excited to begin enjoying my gardens, pond and serene landscape after the extremely long hard winter. Those who live in the middle and southern states don't experience the complete loss of vegetation during the winter like we do in the north. Trees and flowers may go dormant but it sure isn't like it is up North and at least you still have some green to look at during the winter. Then there is Paradise, the places you can go to like Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean and other tropical destinations. There everything grows all year long. The tropical foliage grows to be enormous and plants that we grow indoors in Michigan are found in abundance in outdoor landscaping and our 4 foot plants are 10 trees! Wow, what a difference climate can make!

As I was pondering the effects of nature on different climates I couldn't help but think about direct sellers and their businesses. Many direct sellers allow their business to completely die off at various times of the year. They develop cyclical patterns of stopping and starting their business and their business often dies off completely so they must start all over again. Their booking schedule is non-existent, their team has died and it's not a pretty picture. Their business is much like the winter season in the Northern states, totally dormant and anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spring. Unfortunately some of them will be much like the plants that just couldn't survive the long hard winter and their business will die completely.

Now you have the second group of direct sellers who are mostly consistent but tend to have slowdowns rather than complete stops in their business. They may have a week or two with inactivity but it's usually easier to get going again because they have not had a complete stop. They are much more like the Southern states whose plants are dormant but in Spring can easily bounce back and don't have to wait for the ground to thaw before they begin to pop up again. They will have times their business isn't consistent but they are survivors and don't give up.

The third group of direct sellers understand the importance of having systems and creating consistency in all areas of their business. They do not stop holding parties because it's time to recruit and they don't stop recruiting and building a team because their personal business is booming. They are Superstars! They are the tropical paradise where everything is in bloom all the time! Just like the plants have the right amount of rain, sunshine and the perfect temperature these direct sellers have the perfect conditions for having a successful business. They have a great attitude and a desire to share their products, host program and business opportunity with others. Nothing prevents them from relentlessly pursuing their goals.

We often don't have a choice in the selection of the climate in which we live but we can choose the climate we create for our business. If  "you are in it to win it" you need to choose a tropical climate that is constantly thriving. Here are a few tips on creating the "perfect climate" for direct selling success.

  • Have Goals. I know it's been said over and over again but those who are aimlessly working their business with no specific goals will most likely be gone within a year or so!  WHAT do you want? WHY do you want it? WHAT are you willing to do to get it? Once you reach a goal SET A NEW ONE! Many people fail because of their failure to stay one step ahead of the game. It's important to reach your goal and then have a new one in place ready to stretch you to the limit again!!! My "Blueprint for Success and Prosperity" is perfect for those who want a simple start to finish system for accomplishing what you want in life.
  • Work your business as if your life depended on it! OMG, I can't believe the little distractions that direct sellers allow to get in the way. The dog is sick…really, your whole business has to be put on hold. Do "INCOME PRODUCING" activities every day. Phone calls, interviews, parties, customer service calls, customer emails, team coaching calls, training new recruits. These are income producing activities. Get them done! Which leads me to the next tip…
  • Schedule Everything. Those who are the most productive are the ones who create a schedule and stick to it! Schedule personal time for exercise and motivation. Schedule family time (I mean quality family time not just sitting in front of the TV.) Schedule party nights, coaching calls, follow-up calls, interview time, training time and of course monthly meetings if you are a leader.
  • Build a BIG Team. If you want big bucks in direct selling you need to be smart and build a team immediately. Then you need to work with everyone you bring into the business and encourage as many as possible to move into leadership. The more leaders you develop the larger your team will grow and the added bonus is you can make a positive impact on so many people's lives!
  • Keep Learning. If you want to be successful you need to learn from people who are successful. As one of my mentors is fond of saying, "Don't take advice from people driving broken down Pintos." Learn from the Pros who have walked in your shoes. Watch and emulate the top people in your company. Chances are if you do what they are doing you'll soon begin to earn what they are earning!
  • Don't Stop Doing What Works. Many direct sellers work hard to get to a certain title or to earn a company trip and then once it happens they slack off, back off and pretty much quit working the system that got them there! It is necessary to have a system for your parties that helps you identify business prospects, get 3 new bookings and lots of sales. You need a system for identifying business prospects, interviewing them, signing them, training and mentoring them and moving them into leadership. You need to work systems and the systems will work for you. The BEST leadership system out there is "Blueprint for Mastering Direct Selling Leadership"

Signing with a direct selling company is easy. Having a thriving, prosperous business can be easy too as long as you stay focused and don't let obstacles get in your way! Remember…EVERYONE HAS A CHOICE, I hope you CHOOSE SUCCESS!

Secrets from Millionaires can Lead to Direct Selling Success

Wow, I had a blast this past weekend at the Glazer-Kennedy Super Conference. I really am amazed when I attend  a training of this caliber at the amount of successful people in the audience. I love hanging around entrepreneurs who are actively working to grow their businesses instead of sitting back and blaming the economy and numerous other factors for their lack of ambition. Many have an unwillingness to remove themselves from in front of television, or Facebook, or their i-phone or any other distractions that  interfere with working on what's most important, which is of course, making money! Many people will go out of their way to do just about anything that won't put money in their bank account. Few people will take the time that I did to head to Chicago for 3 days of intense training and take along 2 other members of our company. Nor would they justify the $3,500 investment to grow their business.

That's what distinguishes the Top 10% of entrepreneurs (direct sellers included) is their ability to identify that they can't go it alone! They need help from people who have walked in their shoes and survived, thrived and built a business in spite of what the "naysayers" have told them. I am constantly evaluating what I need to learn in order to stay in the Top 10% and then I translate it into methods to help direct sellers move up to and stay in the Top 10% of their company. Business as we know it is changing faster than ever and those who do not take time to learn new skills will be left in the dust. Watch for upcoming articles of my take-aways from this event.

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Choose How You Will Live Each Day!

John is the kind of guy you love to hate.   He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say.  When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, 'If I were any better, I would be twins!'

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, 'I don't get it!'

'You can't be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?'

He replied, 'Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today.  You can choose to be in a good mood or…you can choose to be in a bad mood

I choose to be in a good mood.'

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I can choose to learn from it.  I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or…I can point out the positive side of life.  I choose the positive side of life.

'Yeah, right, it's not that easy,' I protested.

'Yes, it is,' he said.  'Life is all about choices.  When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice.  You choose how you react to situations.  You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood  The bottom line:  It's your choice how you live your life.'

Each day has enough trouble of its own.'  Matthew 6:34.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

Commitment to Your Direct Selling Business

Over the years I have heard Zig Ziglar say over and over again, "Most people are as committed as a kamikaze pilot on his 99'th mission." I tend to agree with him, especially when it comes to direct selling. What is commitment anyway? The American Heritage dictionary says the commitment means "to do or perform, to pledge oneself to a position." You can be committed to your spouse, your family, your company, your goals, your exercise program or just about anything. But are you? Commitment means that even if it gets tough you are going to stay the course.

Committed people are tough! They would rather fight than give up! Committed direct sellers are on the phone making calls to generate new business. Committed Direct Sellers understand the need to work the business EVERY DAY, not just when it strikes them. They schedule business building activities into their calendar instead of just waiting to see if there is time to work the business today, tomorrow, this week or this month. Committed direct sellers treat their business like a job and commit to "go to work every day." It's not always easy to be committed but it is always rewarding.

A while ago I committed to working out with a personal trainer 3 days a week at 6:00 a.m. Until this time I had forgotten that there was a 6:00 a.m.! Even though I had been walking daily for over 25 years I began to realize that I need to build up my muscles. Since I was clueless in how to work any of the machines at the gym that I joined I hired a personal trainer to not only show me how to work the machines but also to commit myself to show up each day! (When you pay someone to teach you I guarantee you will show up!) The first day was torture! During this one hour I completed 60 lunges, (he did have to help me get up after the first 10!) 45 squats, plus other leg, arm and stomach exercises. During this first hour of exercise I set a simple goal for myself; to get to the car without falling down in the parking lot! There was no way I wanted all the fitness buffs on the treadmills in the window to see how weak and wobbly my legs were. At the end of the class my trainer said to me, "so are you coming back for more?" My body was telling me to give up right then and there but my mind was telling me that I had committed to this by pre-paying him for a month (what was I thinking?) and I didn't want to throw money away so I showed up again the following scheduled day. I went home and looked in the mirror because I was sure I left most of my rear end at the gym that day! No such luck it was still there! I knew I'd have to go back! After the first day's workout it took my body about 3-4 days for my body to quit hurting! After the second time it took about 2-3 days to quit hurting every time I moved! Each time I went my body became stronger and more used to the exercise and now I continue to workout 3 days a week and I feel GREAT, but it wasn't easy! It is worth it! It was the repetition of the exercise that helped get my body into condition.

That's what commitment will do for you! It will keep you doing what you know you need to do even when the results might not be immediate! It's what makes you dial the 10th person even after hearing the previous 9 people tell you NO! It's what keeps you focused on the end result not the bumpy ride! The repetition of Direct Selling activities will get your business conditioned for success. Here are some ways you can commit yourself to your Direct Selling Business!

  •  Take time when you begin to learn how to do things right! When you begin an exercise program if you don't learn how to lift weights properly you can tear your muscles and injure your body. The same is true of your direct selling business. If you don't take time to learn about the company, products and how to offer the opportunity when you begin you could exhaust your warm market without creating any business for yourself. Your company offers training, meetings and literature explaining what you need to know. Take the time to learn everything you can as soon as you join!
  •  Prepare your calling agenda and have our scripts ready. When you are in an exercise program, each time you begin to exercise you need to warm up and stretch before you begin the weight lifting part of the program. Before you pick up the phone to make your calls for the day get prepared. Make a list of who you are going to call. Jot down next to their name what you are calling about. (Example, are you calling to follow up on a product order, calling to book a party, or following up on the business opportunity?) Also, make sure you have practiced your phone scripts before you begin making your calls. Make sure you check
  •  Have and Keep a Consistent Schedule. When you begin exercising it will become easier on your body when you keep a consistent exercise schedule. You remember how to do the exercise from day to day and pretty soon the exercise program becomes second nature to you. The same is true of your Direct Selling business. Keeping a consistent schedule for your parties and your phone calls will help you to make your business easy for you to do! Your choice of words, the presentation at your party, your "I Story" and everything you do will become second nature to you when you keep repeating the pattern over and over again. Most people that struggle with their phone calls and/or party presentations do so because they never do enough to get "really good" at it. Getting on the phone once or twice a month or only holding one or two parties a month makes it hard for anyone to master the techniques. So be consistently working your business EVERY WEEK!
  • Don't be afraid to try new things. During your exercise program you will notice that there are a lot of other people in the gym that are doing a variety of different exercises. I discovered that it was good for me and my body to keep variety in my workout. When approached with a new idea are you one who tries it our right away or do you shy away from it because it's different. I have to confess, when I first heard about the "sponsoring game" (you can learn how to do this in the It's a Party Out There program) at a meeting I came home and didn't do anything about it. But, I did tell a new consultant about the game and she went out and played the sponsoring game that very night and called me the next morning with three people to talk to about coming into the business. She wasn't afraid to try something new and it paid off with 7 new recruits within her first two months in the business. I learned a valuable lesson too! Don't be afraid to try something because someone else is going to pass you by while you are waiting!
  •  Constantly remind yourself of your why. Busy schedules make it easy for us to skip our exercise routine. We rush to cram in a few more minutes of checking emails, watching television and endless things that cause us to waste our precious hours. Pretty soon, we have come up with a million reasons why we don't have the time to exercise. I keep a picture handy of the body I had a few years ago and it reminds me that I need to keep up the exercise if I want to get it back again. As a consultant with a Direct Selling company it will become very easy for you to lose track of time and skip making calls one week and deliberately take a week or two off from holding parties because you are just too busy! Think back about why you are doing this business, what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. Keep your why in front of you all the time. Continually remind yourself that you can do anything as long as it keeps you close to your reason for doing the business. It was never hard for me to book and hold three to four parties per week for twenty two years because all I had to do was look at my sons and knew that I was fulfilling "my why" of staying home with them!

Yes commitment is a very funny thing! It helps to keep you focused on the good things you can have in your life. You can and will make anything happen when you really want to! You are an incredible individual and you can be successful in Direct Selling as soon as you become committed to yourself and your business!

In Pursuit of Excellence

I'm one of those crazy people who USED to procrastinate because I wanted everything to be PERFECT! Not anymore! Well, I still procrastinate but not for the same reason. I no longer worry about being perfect! Over 20 years ago I discovered a motto I still live by today! "DONE is BETTER than Perfect!" If you keep waiting for perfection you'll be sitting on the sidelines only half participating in life. People will pass you by because they are running, while you are just strolling waiting for the perfect time to exert extra effort! Here are a few tips I've learned over the years that have helped me have the success I WANT and DESERVE!

1. "DONE is BETTER than Perfect!" What have you put off because you wanted everything to be just right! There is NO PERFECT TIME TO START A BUSINESS! The time to begin is NOW! You cannot study perfection! All you can do is keep doing what must be done, learning and implementing new skills, making alterations and improvements until everything gets better with time.

2. NOTHING will get better until YOU GET BETTER. You have to work on yourself first! If you don't know how to do something correctly it's time you learned! Insanity is doing the same things that DON'T WORK over and over again and expecting different results. If what you are doing doesn't work LEARN from someone who has been where you want to go.

3. Improve Your Head Game! You'll never be a millionaire if you don't see yourself as a millionaire first. The negative things you tell yourself on a daily basis (automatic negative thoughts) play a big part in your success. You must begin NOW programming your brain for success! Begin to consciously replace negative thoughts with positive ones and watch your business and your life soar. Ex:Negative – "It's so hard to get bookings." Positive – "I'm amazed how easy it is to book and hold 3 successful parties every week."

4. Dump the Negative People In Your Life. You read it right! If the majority of people you hang around with are negative you'll have a hard time staying upbeat and positive. Do everything you can to remove as many negative people as you can from your life or limit the amount of time you spend with them.

5. Do More Income Producing Activities. 20% of What You Do accounts for 80% of your results. It's time you started doing what will actually give you the results you are looking for. Stop doing activities that aren't income producing! Keep track of everything you do every 1/2 hour of the day for 7 days and then review the list to see how many of these things actually put you closer to your goals. Focus on doing more of those things the following week and you'll begin noticing an increase in your results. All distractions need to go!

6. Know Your WHY. When your WHY Is strong enough you'll figure out how! Take time to write down what you really want your life to be like next year. WHY do you want it? What will happen if your goals become a reality? How will you feel?

7. You can Never Stop Learning. Those who want to stay ahead of their competition will always keep learning. People who invest in themselves and their business BELIEVE they will be successful. I've never been afraid to invest in my education. Even though I don't have a college degree I have made a very good income over the years. I've learned what I need to know from people who know how to make money. When I come across a product that I know can help me or my business I get it. Not investing in myself is like telling my subconscious, "who are you fooling, you can't make money doing this?" I don't let negative thoughts influence me when making buying decisions. If you BELIEVE you will succeed you'll make decisions with an abundance mentality rather than a lack mentality. I provide some of the best motivational and direct selling tools on the planet. Check them out including "The Blueprint for Mastering Direct Selling Leadership" (pictured below) which is on Special for $647 and is geared toward leaders who want to earn $50k, $100k or more per year from their direct selling businesses. Leadership Blueprint Info

Put the Fun Back into the “Fundamentals of Selling”

In this day and age everyone wants to be on the fast track! Salespeople often look for and take every short cut possible in order to reach their goals and objectives, often cutting corners or burning bridges that sooner or later will have to be dealt with. It seems like with over 30 successful years in sales and teaching sales I would have learned EVERYTHING by now but truth is I have invested in 5 sales books and 1 sales course this year that are opening my eyes to what's happening in the sales arena. Here are a few things I have gleaned from my studies so far! From Jeffrey Gitomer's "Little Red Book of Selling"

   1. "People don't like to be sold, but they love to buy."
      Your job as a master salesman is to create an atmosphere where people want to buy!
   2. Study and implement an application. It's no secret that those who become GREAT at selling apply and implement techniques they have learned. Anything you learn is useless unless you apply it!
   3. Don't WHINE if it doesn't work right the first time. Basic selling principles WORK time after time but they don't work EVERY time. Get over it!
   4. Hang around with the right people. Hang around with successful people. Get as far away from the Whiners as possible.
   5. Ask questions, but make sure they are smart questions not dumb ones. Instead of asking, "what type of skin care do you us?" you could ask, "What is the one thing you would improve about your skin care?" Let them tell you why the product they are using is lacking. :)

      Okay so I've given you a few tips from Jeffrey's book now here are a few from Joseph Sugarman's Book – "Triggers – 30 Sales Tools you can use to control the mind of your prospect to motivate, influence and Persuade.
   6. Have Consistency. Do the "right things" over and over again to persuade your prospect to buy!
   7. Tell Stories – Truth is stories sell. You can demonstrate and show a product or you can tell a story about a product. Whichever you choose to do the STORY wins every time!
   8. Keep it Simple. The more complicated you make your presentation, pricing, special offer, etc. the less likely someone is to act. This is true when doing parties. Sometimes guests are in a state of overwhelm because there is TOO MUCH ON DISPLAY and they can't make up their mind!
   9. Have a sense of Urgency. "Susie, My dates are going fast and I wanted to give you first chance to share the new catalog with your friends, before I call the others in your circle." (works great for re-booking hostesses)
  10. Create the Desire to Belong. Take a look at the I-phone and the I-pad. People go nuts because they want to identify with the group who has all the latest gadgets. Create your own clubs that people can belong to!
  11. Invest in Yourself. People who invest in themselves and their business BELIEVE they will be successful. When I come across a product that I know can help me or my business I get it. Not investing in myself is like telling my subconscious, "who are you fooling, you can't make money doing this?" I learned from Jim Rohn to work harder on myself than I do on my business so I don't let negative thoughts influence me when making buying decisions. If you BELIEVE you will succeed you'll make decisions with an abundance mentality rather than a lack mentality. I provide some of the best motivational and direct selling tools on the planet. Check them out including "The Blueprint for Success and Prosperity"