We are at the end of the first “J” month. In direct sales, June is one of those dreaded months where business can slow down. Does it really slow down or do we loose our focus? For those with kids, the summer means juggling activities and keeping them busy. For others, it means nice weather so trips to the beach, barbecues and just enjoying time with friends and family.
Did you know, when you allow a summer slowdown, you are really forecasting what your business will be like in September and October? What you do now will effect your business in 90 days…….It will be like restarting your business all over again when everyone else is gearing up for the busiest shopping time of the year.
Here is a simple three step process from one of my favorite business coaches, Julie Anne Jones. to get you unstuck.
Step 1: Focus On What You Want
I know I am not alone because as human beings, we naturally focus on what’s wrong and try to fix it, when things aren’t going our way. The key to changing your mindset is you need to look for a solution instead of focusing on the problem itself. I have talked about positive affirmations before – bringing the “good” into your universe, right? One of the easiest ways to do it is to use these to get your mindset working for you.
Grab a sheet of paper or a journal and answer this question:
If the perfect outcome to your problem magically appeared, what would happen (be as specific as you can. Add details and remember to stay focused on what you want to happen, not on what you don’t want to happen). Doing a thorough job during this step will make the next two easier.
Step 2: Activate Gratitude
When I am feeling down or on the “pity pot”, I take a gratitude walk. Sometimes it is outside enjoying nature but when it isn’t possible, I start writing a list. Gratitude is the quickest, and easiest way to change your mindset from the negative to the positive. It’s hard to stay stuck when you’re focused on everything in your life you’re grateful for.
This step is fun…create a “Gratitude List” of at least five things you’re grateful for RIGHT NOW. It can be as simple as “getting up this morning”, or having a roof over your head. Keep writing for about 10 minutes. See what happens when you focus on what you’re grateful for and how quickly things turn around for you.
Step 3: Create Affirmations
Affirmations are positive “I am” statements about the outcomes you want. You state them in the present as if they have already happened. Here are some examples:
- I am attracting the perfect clients in my business and love helping them succeed.
- I am making enough money to pay my bills
- I am booking parties and love helping people get FREE products
- I am at my goal weight and am enjoying eating healthy