As I entered Super Day, I had an overwhelming feeling that God was there nudging me to DREAM BIGGER. To have faith in Him to provide the way as long as I was ready to do the work. The speakers for Super Day, brought everything into the light for me. A true AHA moment or should I say, a smack on the head!
I have talked forever about my struggle with my why and what success is for me. I may still struggle but if I reflect on the lessons of this day, I will be able to put things in perspective. Debbie Phillip from Women on Fire kicked things off. I knew I was in for a treat because she was recommended to me by someone who changed my life – Stephanie Dalfonzo. Women on Fire provides support for your dreams, strategies for your goals and inspiration for your passion. Debbie Phillips did all of that for me in her brief talk.
“Networking is dead – long live community”…. WOW! Those words hit me hard because I really believe in networking. When she talked about the 5 ingredients to creating YOUR community, I realized that is really what I was doing… So, here goes:
- Purpose – What is YOUR purpose for your business? Mine is to carry the Thirty One mission of providing women with an opportunity for financial freedom while sharing fun, functional and affordable solutions to life’s challenges. This could be by providing them with the Thirty One opportunity, helping them plan a much needed Girl’s Night Out or helping them to organize a room in their house.
- Philosophy – What is the foundation of your business? Here are some questions that may help you with this one – I know it did me. Do you treat others & yourself as someone special? Do you give before you ask? Do you invest in others?
- Behaviors – The recommendation is to pick behaviors that you want in your community and begin to choose who will be a part of that community. Here are some behaviors: cheer on the success of others, invest in self, ask for help, be aware of the impact on others, honor and appreciate those who support you, always play BIG, and never compare yourself to others. For me, the behaviors that I want in my community are: cheering on the success of others, ask for help, honor & appreciate those who support you and lastly, never compare yourself to others. The other behaviors are good to but I find when I surround myself with people who have these similar behaviors – we all GROW together.
- Communication – This is something that we hear a lot “people do business with people they know, love & trust”. You need to be consistent in your communication and you need to have FUN because both of these traits transfer into reliability in the eyes of our customers. Pick a form of communication that is good for you (and your community) – phone, email, text? For me, I am still trying to find the perfect form of communication. I have learned that it varies with the people that I am interacting with in my community.
- Rituals – are a form of comfort sort of like comfort good. Your community can count on you and those in it for comfort when you are tethered together for a purpose. Providing support and encouragement during all aspects of our community members lives help them to feel support and comfort. It is not just about the sale, it is about making them feel special and important because YOU may be the only one in their life nourishes them in this way.
Are you ready to build your community? As you build your community, you will begin to book, sell and recruit – the basics of our business. When we take the focus off our needs and wants, place them on the wants and needs of the community, we will reap the blessings that God has for us.
What are some of you rituals? Are you networking or building a community? Share your stories with us…
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!