Business Tips and Tricks

Lessons Football Taught Me


I know football season is OVER! ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†I just read an article¬†by Misty Kearns that showed how football¬†and building a successful direct sales business ¬†are similar and I wanted to share my own take on it.

We are a 2 team household Рhubby is a Giants fan and I am a J-E-T-S fan.  Despite the fact that neither team made it to the Super Bowl, we are not fair weather fans Рwe stick by them.  We did cheer for the Carolina Panthers this year since our daughter lives in NC but it was just for the day.

As our teams struggled through the year, we saw commitment and passion at every turn. ¬† Good days and bad days – they were committed till the end. ¬†If you don’t have these two things in your direct sales business, it will be impossible to have lasting success. ¬†Ask yourself:¬† Are you committed to reaching your goals? ¬†Do you have a long term vision? How passionate are you about what you sell? ¬†Do you have a strong connection to your WHY? ¬†It is the commitment and passion that will keep you going even when you are having a bad season in your business.

Practice makes perfect”, right? ¬†Or at least that is the mantra that I heard growing up. ¬†The truth is that football players are continually working on improving their skills. ¬†That is how they get better, right? ¬†So, what are your practicing or improving in your direct sales business?Without practice, we lose our confidence and miss out on the many chances to grow your business. ¬†Consistency (practice) is the key to success. ¬†That includes a plan for personal development so that you are learning new tricks of the trade.

Every football team, has a game plan that includes a variety of plays that will help them to beat the other teams.  In direct sales, we need a plan so that we can work smarter to get the best results for our efforts.  We set goals (long and short term), have an action plan with milestones, work our business every day by doing income producing activities.  Our plan helps us to focus on the tasks that we need to do.  They are the keys to building a successful business.

Football is not a solo sport. It takes an entire team to win the game. Direct sales is a team effort too. ¬†I think that is what sometimes pushes –¬†the support, the friends and the sisterhood that I am now a part of in my pink bubble. ¬†On my worst days, I can’t imagine my life without these women. ¬†We all have our own business with different whys but we are all working towards similar goals. ¬†We CELEBRATE and ENCOURAGE each other. ¬†Amazing things happen for everyone on the team when we share our strengths, hopes and experiences.

Watch any football game and you will lose count of how many times the players get tackled and knocked to the ground. Yet they keep getting back up and going for more! ¬†They are focused on their goal and doing what it takes to win. ¬†What about you in your direct sales business: do you have ¬†“the¬†winning (positive) mindset”? ¬†It isn’t about that one party or that one sale… it is about the whole month or year put together. ¬†It’s not a sprint, it is a marathon. ¬†If we keep that positive mindset and stay focused on learning, growing, consistency; it will make all the difference in the world on whether or not we reach our goals.

‚ÄúThe difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď Vince Lombardi

So what have you learned from watching football that could help you in your business?  Share with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!