Hope Wissel

Gutsy Gal

It is Friday and I am ready for a busy ThirtyOne-derful weekend after what has been a week filled with Thirty One activity.  I had the chance to Celebrate and Connect with some AWESOME women on Wednesday night as we prepared to PARTY, PARTY, PARTY this holiday season.  During the day yesterday, I got to network with and meet some new women at “Women Only Networking”.  Then last night, I shared Thirty One with local women who were enjoying a Girl’s Night Out courtesy of Ocean Medical Center in Brick. I get a breather today then tomorrow it is off to St. John’s United Methodist Church in Hazlet to do a Thirty One Photo Booth.  I LOVE being able to share the gift of Thirty One!

No, that is not why I am a “gutsy girl” today.  Well, maybe it is because it is sharing Thirty One all over that brings me the most joy.  The last speaker that I want to share about from ETTM’s Power of Connection Conference is Roe Couture DeSarno – your Crusader for the Gutsy Girl Life!  Her story gave me chills as she shared the transformation that took place in her life after 9-11.  Here are some things she shared that may help YOU to become a “gutsy girl”:

  1. Know who you are… be authentic.  Our priority is to connect with our true self and our passion.  I know, not always easy for those of us with excess baggage.  Maybe you are still looking for your true self.  Maybe you live with a lot of “shoulda” and as a result, you never really get to your true self.  I am getting ready to take her Core Values Test to see what things I can discover about myself.  Not to worry, I will share.
  2. Know why you do what you do.  I know, you hear it all of the time “your why”, right?  But what if you were to dig a little deeper.  What is the driving force that keeps you going?  For some, it is to pay bills, or stay at home with their kids, while for others it was a short term goal to pay for a trip or earn a trip.  Maybe you don’t even know what your why is.  If you are still working your business beyond you initial why – what makes it meaningful to you?

As you all know, I struggle with my why on a regular basis.  Always digging deeper to get to the root of why I want to do what I do (besides I love the product).  I love this quote Roe shared:

“Why is the foundation to courage.  Only when you know why matters can you be the courageous person who you need to be to figure out your goals so you can have your goals”

Here are two things that will help you in your business (I am working on them now):

  1. Take inventory of your accomplishments within the last 30 days, 6 months, 1 year.  Then move onto your previous job.  Think about a risk you took and it paid off or worked.  List 30 things!  Yes, I said 30.
  2. Make a list of 30 things that your clients (customers) will experience from working with me.  This one is tough too.  I got as far as 20 and am struggling.

I would love to have you share your lists with us or even some of your accomplishments… Who is ready to share?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Destination Addiction

Has the name of today’s blog made you curious?  Are you wondering if I stumbled across a new addiction?  The truth is that during the ETTM Conference, Jennifer Bronsnick of “The Mindful Mommy” had this great quote

“Beware of Destination Addiction – a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is the next place, the next job or with the next partner.  Until you give up the idea that happiness is somewhere else, it will never be where we are”

It got me to thinking about my latest struggles – nothing major just not really being mindful or intentional about my business.  Wondering what changed over the last 6 – 8 months that my passion seems to have changed.  Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my Thirty One business and I am truly in my element when I am talking about the products and sharing the opportunity.  Something changed in me, and I am searching for answers to JUMP start the momentum again.

During Thirty One’s National Conference this year, we talked a lot about being intentional with our business and I thought I came home focused on being in the present.  As the summer was just okay and the fall started off slow, I am beginning to realize that the problem is ME! Like that is a surprise, right?

Mindful Business = Successful Business

One of the things that really struck me hard was the whole multi-tasking thing.  I used to think it was a compliment when people told me that I was great at it.  The truth is, it is not really a good thing in today’s business world.  The end result is that I miss cues from people so I miss opportunities.  This is going to take some practice but my goal is to become MINDFUL about my business and as a result STOP multi-tasking.  Do I think this is the end all to be all of building my business? NO but I do think it will help me to focus on the present, paying attention to the things and people around me.

I keep stepping in different directions but as Roe Coutoure DeSaro of Gutsy Girl said “a step in the wrong direction is better than no step at all”.

So, where are you?  Are you a destination addict?  Are you always thinking that you will find happiness when “I get a new job”, “I earn more money”, “I get the next promotion”, or “(fill in YOUR next)”?  What if you were to be mindful – in the moment just for today or maybe even this week?  What do you think you would find?

I challenge you to try for one week – don’t multi-task and be in the moment!  Can you do it with me?

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!