Hope Wissel

September Basics

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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.

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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?

What do YOU need to do different in your business?  Share it with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Mindset Change

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Do you know what today is????  Yes, it is Wednesday but I LOVE this camel.  Every time I see a camel, I think of the commercial.  Not only is it mid-week, it is also mid-month!  Where is September going?  The weather is a little cooler – NOT happy about that since I am total warm weather kind of gal.

As I entered into September, I was plagued with an empty calendar due to Vacation Veronica mode.  I am happy to say, that mid-way through the month and that is all changed.  What looked like a dismal month for numbers has suddenly (with a little work) become an okay month.  Okay is not where I would like it to be but given the fact that I didn’t do much during the summer, I will take it.  What turned it around?

Back to basics… I know you are probably tired of hearing it but it is so true.  I was a Doubtful Debbie for a long time, writing off a month when I didn’t have much on the calendar.  Focusing on the next month before the current month was already underway.  Never really taking some of the suggestions to heart OR doing any of them.  Never really trying.  This month was different.  Set hours to do “money-producing” work in my office.  Yes, that means picking up the phone and making calls.  Following up with people who said they might be interested in a party.  Sharing my business with EVERYONE! Well, almost.

I did have a realization the other day when 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 new part-time job!  OPPORTUNITY  MISSED!!!!  I called my hubby to tell him I was on my way home and had an AHA moment.  I causally mentioned Thirty One, I mean I was wearing my Thirty One sweatshirt so did I really have to say it?  DUH???  Somewhere along the road, I swerved back into the “corporate” mindset of having a        J-O-B! YIKES!  What happened?

When I started with Thirty One, I told everyone about my NEW business.  Then the mindset changed and I didn’t even realize it.  The passion is still there BUT I began thinking “people know what I do”  so I don’t need to say anything.  WRONG!!!!!  When that kind of thinking took over, I began sharing about my “job” as if that was more important than my business.  WOW!  Talk about an AHA moment.  Now, I am going to PRACTICE talking about my business when people ask me what I am doing.  I say practice because it is a habit that I got out of and need to desperately get back into.  Yes, I swerved off the original topic but I thought this may help YOU too.

Thirty One pays the bills (or a lot of them) AND I want it to be the ONLY one that pays 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 that part-time – nothing permanent, just something to help pay off the debt.  Or, do I hold onto it out of FEAR?  That is a scary question.  Do I not have enough faith in the fact that I (with God’s help) 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?

What do YOU need to do different in your business?  Share it with us.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel, Personal Causes

Not Worthy

Happy Friday Everyone!!!  I am so happy because I have the entire weekend OFF!  Nothing special planned except that I get some much needed hubby and me time.  I know that sounds crazy right, since I talk about being off with Rob on Monday and Tuesday all of the time.  The difference is that we don’t have anything we HAVE to do.  We are just going to wing it!  Of course, the summer crowds may prevent some things because we avoid the “shoobies” but we are going to enjoy the day!

Okay, so based on all of that, my title of “not worthy” has probably got you wondering what I am talking about, right?  Since I have been dealing with some health issues – hubby thinks all will be solved by leaving WaWa – I have found myself feeling “not worthy”.  Here are some of the labels that I have picked up over that have allowed Negative Nellie to camp on my doorstep…

  1. You are old.  I have never really thought about my age as anything more than a number but over the last few months, I am feeling like I am 100 versus a mere 57.
  2. Bad housekeeper.  Now don’t get me wrong, my house is not filthy, it just is slightly dusty.  I have never been much for the crazy weekly clean.  Everything is neat but I do have some dust bunnies that have taken up residence behind the couch.
  3. Not a good wife.  I don’t fit the picture of the perfect wife – you know, the one who can do it all – but does that mean that I am not a good wife?  No, just a little overwhelmed at times.
  4. Not a good leader.  This one comes from playing the comparison game with what others do and where they are in their business.  Just when I think I have shed this thought – Doubtful Debbie joins the party.
  5. Not good at recruiting.  Okay, this is me talking negative into the universe and as a result, not recruiting.  I may miss cues but I do love to share the gift of Thirty One with anyone who will listen.
  6. Not good at direct sales.  WOW!  I am not sure where that one came from but as I look at July which is a little light on bookings, I realize that I have the ability to make the difference.  I can sit back and just let it happen or I can try to turn things around.  Three years plus in business, average party sales of $475 with at least 7 guests per party, a team of 23 in my entire downline and upcoming Rising Stars – there may be room for improvement but I got this!
  7. Fat!  Yes, this word has creeped in again.  I lost 100+ pounds and I still can’t shed that word.  The thought of putting on a bathing suit with the excess skin has not helped the situation.  I am looking forward to being off of 2nd shift and eating healthier.

These are just a few of the words that have impacted me lately.  When I shared this with hubby, his response was “You are trying to do too much.  Slow down and (basically) get some balance.”  Thank you Get Your Girl Back for getting me to STOP and see how all of this negative is limiting my ability to step into my destiny – whatever that may be.  I have always believe that I am destined to make a difference in people’s lives and my Thirty One business allows me that chance.

As I prepare to shed the things that are draining me in my life, I am headed to finding balance between my family, my personal life, my business and my part-time job.  What labels have you picked up that need to be shed?  Journal about this today and see where it leads you.  I don’t journal but I do blog and just putting these feelings on paper has helped me to realize how crazy these labels are for me.

Share your negative labels and how you are going to over come them.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel, Personal Causes

The WaWa Experience

Today is HUMP Day and my last shift at WaWa.  It is a day filled with many emotions because over the last 18 months, I have come to enjoy the regular customers and the majority of my co-workers.  It has been a learning lesson for me on many levels.

Yes, I took my WaWa job seriously despite the fact that for many years, I had a VERY different opinion of the people who worked at one.  When I first applied online, I did it thinking this will be a breeze.  I mean how hard could it be, right?

Once I was hired, I was amazed by all that goes on behind the scenes.  It became really clear that employee and customer perspectives are very different.  My hubby stopped in to use the rest room and while I spotted all of the “mess”, he saw a clean store with a lot of hard working people.  Okay, so I digressed for a little bit.  When I first started, I thought I would stand at the register and wait for people to check out just kind of in my own little world.  WRONG!  That may happen on 1st shift because of how crazy busy they are but on 2nd shift (my shift) there is just too much to do with only a handful of people.  So, we all do everything from the register, to coffee, to deli, to snacks and putting away deliveries.  This hectic pace wrecked havoc on my body.  I give everyone who works at WAWA credit because it is tough work.  I tell my customers – I don’t need to pay to go to the gym, I come to work and get paid to work out.  Funny but true.

I found the WaWa Corporation to be an AWESOME company to work for even though I had little room for comparison.  I have not worked in the corporate world since casinos which was not entirely a positive experience.  From the first day, there was training (hands on and on the computer) with tests and ongoing updates with more tests.  I was amazed by the kindness of the GM – Christine who worked with me allowing me time to work my Thirty One business.  Corporate was generous when hubby was in the hospital last year too – I mean what company sends a care package of awesome blankets to an employee who has only worked 5 months for them with an average of 10 hours per week.

I would recommend the WaWa Corporation to anyone as an employer whether it is for part-time work, or a life-time career.  The company offers great benefits and the pay isn’t bad either. Of course, you get some employees that you could live with out but you have to take the good with the bad in any job.  I will forever look at the employees at WaWa with respect and admiration for their hard work.  I will miss the people and the regular customers who I have come to know by name.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Blogging, Business Tips and Tricks, Hope Wissel

Get a Life

Thank you Traci Bild for the “Quit Your Job and Get a Life“.   I had a chance to actually meet and hear Traci speak at the  Mom Grows a Business  conference.  Her energy was infectious.

I feel like I am getting a life this week.  Sounds crazy right?  Well, I have given up my part-time WaWa job for a variety of reasons but the main one is that I am TOO OLD to stand on my feet for 6 – 12 hours a day with only a half hour break.  I am not wired for that – my feet ache, my legs feel like they can’t move and I am just plain tired.  You would think after loosing 100+ pounds, I would be full of energy.

The focus of Traci’s article was that “Everyone has a natural gift or talent- something they are good at that comes easily to them while perhaps difficult for others to do.”  I am always trying to figure out what my natural talent or gift is, you know that one thing people comment on that you do so effortlessly.  Writing seems to be one of my gifts.  Of course, it isn’t paying the bills so I have to look a little further.  I LOVE bags – my Thirty One business lets me share that passion with others.  I am close to my monthly goal for paying the bills.  Still, I was looking for that “little something” to bring in the extra cash so I could still do the things that I LOVE while gaining financial freedom.

I get lots of compliments when I am at vendor shows and around groups of people – I LOVE people.  So, how do I turn that into something that makes money.  Yes, I have decided to take a different part-time job.  One that doesn’t require me to stand for long periods of time and allows be to be around people (hopefully with lots of opportunity to share the gift of Thirty One).  I will be working in an office that has a lot of foot traffic for 25 hours a week.  Not a lot of hours but the hourly rate is good AND it is set hours so I can GET A LIFE.  Although, I am not sure that is exactly what Traci meant when she said to get a life.

I am re-energized by the fact that I can work my PASSION which is my Thirty One business consistently so that I can truly have it as my full-time, full income job.  I have heard there are lots of ways to make money from blogging but I haven’t gotten there yet – I still wonder if anyone reads my blogs.

So what about you? What is that one thing that if given the chance, you would do every day? Life is too short to spend half of it at a job that drains your soul. Take the time to explore your gifts, play with ideas as to how you might convert them into income and imagine a future where you get paid to do what you love!

To download the first chapter of Traci’s forthcoming book, Get Your Girl Back,click HERE.