Thursday, January 15, 2009

Snow Day


It’s been pretty snowy here in Chicagoland, as well as where many of you live. Normally, I’d just ignore it for the most part, but as my husband Lou has been out of town, (most recently in Vegas, can you believe it!), I’ve been the one out shoveling the driveway and keeping things warm and cozy.

My daughter a junior at Naperville Central, was excited and anxiously waiting to hear that her school had a snow day. She was SO disappointed to find that despite the cold and snow, that life goes on and that school was open.

It made me think of how we sometimes treat our business. Sometimes we just want a SNOW DAY! A day to do nothing, when absence from life and responsibility Is not only acceptable, but even approved by the powers that be!

And you know what?
An occasional SNOW DAY is a GREAT THING!
We get a chance to rest, to play and to step away from the busyness of our business!

But think what would happen if my 16 year old, or any student, had a snow day EVERY DAY! Sounds good at first, but long term, maybe not so good.

We wouldn’t learn anything, and likely be Stuck at the same point in our life for a very long time. School is as much about personal development as educational learning.

Our business is the same. Is your Business Stagnant? Been stuck in the same place for longer than you’d like?

Maybe it’s time to come back from that Holiday Vacation and Heat Things Up in your Business!

How to do that?

1. Give yourself a break!
Don’t beat yourself up for what you HAVEN’T DONE, let’s get to work on what YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH in 2009! For a great article on Resolutions and Motivation, check out: Be sure to give yourself time Each Day for Personal and Professional Development so you become better at who and what you are and do.

2. Take Stock of Where You Are.
When I use mapquest, I have to know my starting point so I know the best route to get me to my destination.
Same with our business. You may fear it, you may not like it, but it’s vital that you know exactly where you are in your business.

Make a 90 Day Plan to help you get real about your goals. Get your goals on paper and into reality! Once you've set your 90 day Plan, break it down into month, week and day.

3. Decide what you want to accomplish with your Business in 2009.
Do you want to advance in rank within your company? Become a top Sales Leader? Sponsor 2 - 3 new team members each week?

Just like mapquest, if I don’t choose a destination, I can never get to where I want to go without an end in mind. In fact, here’s an important Point.
Set the goal, then work backward so that you set action steps to achieve those goals.
Do the same with moving forward in your Personal Sales. Find out what it takes in your company to achieve your personal and financial goals and then set out to accomplish it.

My friend Mike Potillo told me: Procrastination NEVER leads to a Good Destination.
The first phone call is always the hardest. The first time you pass out a magazine, cd or flyer is always the most intimidating. It’s SO much easier after the first time!

Take Action Today, Tomorrow, and The Next Day!
(For some great ACTION IDEAS, drop me a line)

5. Find a “Workout Partner”.
Upline, Downline, Crossline – partner up with someone so you can encourage each other to achieve all your goals and Dreams in 2009! Your Sponsor can't do it all. Partnering for success with other like-minded people is a vital leadership skill.

6. Get Involved!
Break away from the TV or whatever and come to the leadership meeting, the sales Rally, the Company Event or Generic Sales Training Seminar. Don’t Be A Lone Ranger! Let the excitement of others help fuel your excitement as you fuel others. You’ll be AMAZED how much better You feel about yourself, and your business when you come to an event with other like-minded people. Invest in yourself!

Here's To Your Success!

Sue Mazza

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