Happy Monday! “Crying means that you are growing”…. Have you ever heard that? Well, I used to think Adele was crazy when she said that but the truth was that every time I found myself sitting in a corner, crying, struggling with what to do, I quickly found out that God had a plan for me… CHANGE! GROW! I know, you are wondering where this is all leading, right?
As we ended another dreaded “J” month, you know, the months they say are not good in the direct sales market, I was stressing, crying, and looking for answers. What started as a great day, having a relaxing, yummy lunch with hubby turned into a GROWING moment or should I say afternoon. Let me explain, I wanted to have a discussion with hubby about my business. He is the logical, business thinker and planner while I am the one who goes by my gut, some would say the creative one. Negative Nellie and Doubtful Debbie had camped out on my doorstep. This was the first time since I had promoted to Director in 2012 that I was sitting by the computer watching the numbers. WAITING and WAITING and WAITING for them to change. The truth was, I needed to change! Vacation Veronica had stopped by to join the party. You know her right, the party girl who thinks that it is okay to take off 2 weeks from work and it won’t affect your sales.
I was hunting for answers as to what I could do different. I have “heard” a lot of things in training but was I really listening to what they said. SMACK! That was the 2×4 that hubby hit me with as he said “we had this conversation before and you don’t listen!” Imagine my surprise! Of course, I LISTEN! Then I started with a list of reasons why things didn’t work – the Negative NOT the positive side of things. Why I couldn’t do something or why it didn’t work or.. you get the picture, that long litany of things that I have tried but that haven’t worked. The truth is, in my head – I tried them. I haven’t always put my foot to the pavement to make them work or to try them out. So, as I barely scrape by a “j” month with only a basic plan for the month of August, I am looking for answers. I have catalog parties on the books but I am already admitting defeat BEFORE they are in because “catalog parties” are not usually very successful for me. I can’t believe that it is August 4th and I am already ready to write off the month of August. Really??? So after a lot of tears over the week-end, some soul searching along AND picking up a training book that I bought but had never read…I am ready to KICK BUTT this week. I have 11 more days to earn the Ready Set Sell incentive. I have 27 more days in the month to rock sales. I will NOT be sitting by the computer on the last day of August wondering if my team or I will make our goals…
Maybe Adele is right about the crying thing because I feel like I have grown “just a little” and built up a little bit more confidence. Was it a struggle? YES! Wast it worth it? YES! Will I get hit by a 2×4 again? Probably!
So, who is ready to KICK BUTT and end the summer on a HIGH note in their business? Share your struggles with us. Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!