“A successful life is often expensive. It will cost you something to become a champion.Time. Energy. Focus.” – Mike Murdock
January 10th, I made the decision to leave my part-time job and pursue my business full-time. Was (or is) it scary? YES! Having a regular paycheck is now my responsibility, not my employer.
Over the last few weeks, I have seen MAJOR changes in my business. Parties/ Hostess I didn’t think would turn out have, customers have been placing retail orders, and I have potential new recruits. Do I think it is anything special I did? NO! Do I believe God is working in my life? YES. There is one other thing which has changed – I have accepted I am NOT perfect and I don’t NEED to be in order to work my business and be a success. Yes, I said it! For some, I am sure it is a no-brainer BUT for me, it is an ongoing process.
I know I sabotage my success waiting for everything to be PERFECT. The perfect time. The perfect vendor event. The perfect hour to make calls. I know I am not alone in this, right? You do it too. Did you realize those thoughts are de-railing your business?
How often have you thought?
- I’ll make reach out to my contacts as soon as I have the perfect (or the right) script.
- I’ll book my first parties as soon as I learn how to do a party.
- I’ll start sharing the business opportunity as soon as I know what to say.
- I can’t work if my office is unorganized so I’ll clean it first.
Let’s be honest, we have all said it, thought it or done it right? Here are some tips to help you reach those dreams and allow yourself to be “Im-prefect”.
1. Does practice really make perfect?
The truth is, even with the right words and scripts, you’re going to mess it up a number of times before you’re really good. And just when you think you are really good – you will mess up. Accept it and move on!
2. If it was easy – everyone would be doing it.
Easy is not the path to true happiness in any area of our lives. A great marriage is hard work. Raising great kids is really hard work. Earning a degree is hard work, and so is building a solid, successful direct sales business. WOW! I bet no one told you that when you signed up to be a consultant did they? It may be easy at times but then the “pink” cloud will burst. Things will be a little tougher and you may need to work a little harder. It will be worth it in the end – every bit of effort will pay off.
“If we do the things we need to do when we need to do them, the day will come when we can do the things we want to do when we want to do them.” – Zig Ziglar
3. The ducks probably won’t cooperate.
Resist the urge for perfection. Perfection is just another word for procrastination. Don’t wait until all your ducks are in a row. because the truth is the pieces won’t ever all be in the perfect place. We won’t ever know everything we need to know to do it perfectly.
What have I done differently to make a difference in my business?
FIRST – I trust I am on the path God wants me to be on. I am not looking to be perfect or to be in the spotlight. That is not my God-sized dream. My dream is to have a self-sufficient business which provides my husband and I (and my family) with the extras – having financial freedom and being able to travel when we want. When I let go of the woulda, shoulda, coulda, and trust in God – things happen.
SECOND – I am stepping out of my comfort zone and trying. Sounds easy, right? I am learning to “bless and release” when negative things happen then keep moving forward. If I stop trying, failure will be the option and my goal is for success.
Are you looking to be perfect? Is it affecting YOUR business? Share your thoughts with us..
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!