Saturday, February 28, 2009

What Gremlins are holding you back?


Recently, I had coffee with my friend, Deborah, who is a Life Coach.

Deborah shared how it’s interesting that some of her clients are successful, while others remain “stuck” and unsuccessful because of the “gremlins” of fear and self-doubt.

That got me to thinking…Gremlins are scary.. they can be pretty big, and I bet if I saw one they would smell badly too.

But gremlins aren’t real…. Oh, yes, we’ve seen them on the big screen, and the small one that flickers in our living rooms. We’ve read all about them in all their nasty disguises in books and stories.

We’ve been certain some nights, in the long nights of trial and stress, that they were right at our bedside, practically breathing their foul breath on us, waiting to move in and hurt us as we spent a sleepless night of worry and fear.

But Gremlins are not real! They are the stuff of stories. In all good stories, the hero has to encounter the bad guys and overcome. Oh, they’ll cause him or her lots of trouble, binding them up in fear, worry and dread, paralyzing enough to stop the hero from moving forward until at the very last minute, our hero finds a way forward and gains the prize.

Gremlins look so big and nasty on the movie screen and in our imagination as we read a great story. We can become convinced they are real!

Our subconscious is a powerful tool. The size of a house, compared to our conscious mind, the size of a pea. It takes in all information, not sorting between dream and reality. Take enough Gremlin fiction in and you might be convinced that they are real.

But they are not.

Our Gremlins of fear, self-doubt and worry try to hold us back . But the gremlins of night-fear fade back into the shadows as the sun rises each morning.

The self doubt and worry slides away as we move forward towards our goal.
Those first steps are hard, painfully hard sometimes. We might whimper with fear, telling ourselves, we just can’t do it.

But each halting step that we take, moves us ever towards our goal. Left foot, right, baby steps, sometimes leaps. And as we see the prize, our goal, our pace quickens.

Maybe, we just MIGHT be able to do it… it It Could be possible… baby steps baby steps. We start to gain confidence, whistling as we go to scare away the gremlins.

Soon, we are running to the goal, casting off our night shawl of all those fears, self-doubt and worry.

We Can do it! We can move beyond our self-limiting beliefs and take our future firmly in hand to make it our present.

When my daughter Rachel was little, we used to make up all kinds of songs. She had a period of her life when she was young and plagued with a lot of fears.

We made up a song that she used to sing all the time…

The lyrics were:
Conquer your Fears and Courage will Follow, Conquer your fears and courage will follow… all the days of your life. Not a fancy song, but a heartfelt one. Sing your song of courage as you face your fears.

What’s holding you back today from achieving your goals and dreams?

Fear of success? Fear of Failure? The fear is almost always worse than the worst that can happen.

By moving forward, we let the bright sunshine of hope shine on us, warming our very souls as it burns away the shroud of dark thoughts.

Afraid you don’t know enough to succeed? Seek out the knowledge you need. There are more people willing to give help than you can imagine. Don’t let the gremlins of misplaced ego or self-deprecation drag on your coat tails. Ask for help.

Until you Try, you have no idea how close you might actually be to your goal, or what windows of opportunity are just waiting for you to unlatch the lock and throw them wide.

This is your life. Live it . Take charge. Seize the day.

Here’s to your success!

Sue Mazza


Thursday, February 19, 2009

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Want More Customers and Recruits? Here's how to get them.

Today, let's talk about something near and dear to the hearts of many representatives and affiliates in direct sales and network marketing companies worldwide.

How do we find new customers and team members to increase our sales and earnings?

Let's face it, this tough economy has affected alot of people. And in many cases, our current customers aren't buying as much from us, or purchasing as often.

How then do we expand our customer base without alot of time and work?

Well, we need to meet some new people. We can’t just stay with what we’ve been doing so far.

We can do this a few ways:

* Join a club or group to meet new prospective customers and recruits

* Partner up with another rep in another company to do a Valentine's Day
or Spring Showcase

* Ask current customers to take a catalog, flyer or brochure to work and leave in their break- room

* Ask current customers for referrals of friends who might like your product or service.

* Visit an office building and pass out some free samples and books

* Send an email to everyone you have a business card from with the link to your website and invite them to become our customer or investigate our business.
(You might want to work with your upline to develop some good email copy so this is more effective for you.)

* Add a signature line to our emails so that when we reply to all on those silly joke emails, they get a teaser line that creates curiosity and your website link.

There are lots of ways to find new customers. These are just a few.

But we also are busy people and we don't want to have to work harder! Just smarter!

So, think of this too. When we meet someone in the grocery store, or at a party, or in the business section of the bookstore, we don't have alot of time with them. We don't have days or months to build a relationship. So how do you present your business to them?

Well, first of all, don't start with all the neat benefits of being a rep with your company. Don't bother telling them all about the wonderful earnings, the prizes, the trips, the incredible products, the whole history of the company, etc.

Instead, remember that people buy things to solve a problem.

So ask a few questions to postition yourself and your presentation so that you can solve a problem for your prospective customer or recruit.

Talk about how becoming a customer of yours can save them lots of time and money. They can shop from the comfort of their couch without having to go out in the cold and snow. And they'll save money too.

They don't even have to leave their favorite TV show and answer the door when you deliver. They can relax and just bring in their package when they come in from work!

Of course, if they want more personal service, you are right there to give them helpful ideas, suggestons and delivery at their convenience.

And if you are looking for prospective team members, tell them how your company can make it easier for them to pay bills with that extra check every campaign, or how can pay for their next Disney Vacation or even provide the extra car for the spouse.

Prospects don't care how great your product or opportunity is at first.. They simply care about their problems.

So, all you have to do is ask a few questions.. find out what they need, and then offer them a solution.

Not everyone is ready to make a change, but some will and those are the ones you want!
This way, you don't have to be pushy and you can just take the volunteers! It's easier that way.

But you can't keep your business a secret, let everyone know you are open for business and looking for new customers and team members!

Do this consistently every week and soon you'll have a bunch of new, happy customers and team members doing business with you!

Here's to Your Success!

Sue Mazza