Where is September going? In just a few short days, it will officially be autumn. The Jersey Shore has been hit with some hot humid weather so it is hard to believe that it is actually the middle of September.
Being in direct sales, I always feel like September is a restart. Thankfully, every month we get to wipe the slate clear and start again. I just came off an awesome 3 months in my business with personal and team volumes back to where they used to be. So, I was riding on the high of summer unlike the past when I was in Vacation Veronica mode. But the reality was, my numbers for September during the BEST special of the Thirty One year were not where I wanted them to be. I have been working hard to turn them around by putting forth a little more effort…. actually going back to basics.
I know it can get old, right? Many times, I have written off a month when my numbers were not where I wanted them to be and began focusing on next month. It always seemed easier to get excited about something NEW coming then to WORK in the here and now.
I was a Doubtful Debbie for a long time. Never really taking some of the suggestions to heart OR doing any of them. Never really trying. Playing the “comparison game”. This time, I let the doubts linger for a day or two and then I kicked it into overdrive. Sat in my office to do “money-producing” tasks. Yes, that means picking up the phone – making calls and texting. Calling people just to thank them for their support of my business. I have been sharing my business with EVERYONE! Well, almost.
Occasionally, I slip back into the “JOB” mindset. Yes, I work a part-time job. Although, I don’t want people to see it instead of my business when they think of me. I ran into an ex- co-worker from WAWA. She asked me if I was working. I said yes and proceeded to tell her about my part-time job! OPPORTUNITY MISSED!!!! I called my hubby to tell him I was on my way home and had an AHA moment. I had only causally mentioned Thirty One, I mean I was wearing a Thirty One t-shirt so did I really have to say it? DUH??? I guess so because she asked “are you still doing Thirty-One”? OMG! How did this happen?
When I started with Thirty One, I told everyone about my business. I am not sure when the mindset changed and the worse part is I didn’t even realize it. I LOVE my business. I LOVE making a difference in the lives of others. The passion is still there BUT I began thinking “people know what I do” so I don’t need to say anything. WRONG!!!!! Talk about an AHA moment. As I struggle with health issues, I have found I need to PRACTICE sharing about my business when people ask me what I am doing. I say practice because it is a habit I got out of and need to desperately get back into.
Thirty One pays the bills (or a lot of them) AND I want it to be the ONLY thing paying the bills. It affords me the opportunity to spend time with my family and make my own schedule. It is my business! My part-time gig is just a part-time thing – nothing permanent. It has helped to fill the gaps as I struggle with health stuff. Or, do I hold onto it out of FEAR? That is a scary question. Do I not have enough faith in the fact with God’s help I can make my business a success? Did the mindset change when I lost some of my faith and I didn’t even realize it? WOW! No, I am not going to try and answer these in this blog…
I just wanted to share my thoughts with you… maybe you are having an off month, maybe you are desperately seeking to have your own business but hold onto a JOB out of fear, maybe you need to change your mindset? Whatever the struggle, there is still time this month to KICK out of the old mindset and bring in the NEW. Almost sounds like a New Year’s Eve blog, huh?
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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!