Lead by Example?

I was recently reminded that leading by example is essential to my Avon business or to any business.Foot in mouth

I had been talking to all my Leadership Reps about the importance of setting, writing down, and breaking down of goals.  My daughter, Amy, asked had I done it.  The answer, unfortunately, was “NO”.  So how could I truthfully sell them on the importance if I wasn’t doing it myself.

This forced me to take a good look at what I was doing to build my business.  Was I truly doing everything I could?   The obvious answer was “NO”.   So I have been taking a good look at what I am doing and what I am NOT doing.  

The quotation on my emails is “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein.    Although I see it and read it every day, it took one comment from Amy to make me see it in a different light.

My question today is are you “Leading by Example?”  Are you doing the same thing over and over and still expecting different results?

Maybe you need a wake-up call like mine to make you review your goals and your course to reach them.

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Getting Where You Want To BE!!!

I am sure you know that it has been proven that the best way to get where you want to go is to set the goal, make a plan, and work the plan.  Plans must be broken down into bite size workable pieces by the month, the week, and  the day.

Because of this, I am suggesting that you try it!  Over the course of the next week, set your long-term and short term goals.  Then, breakdown exactly what you need to do to reach that goal.  At that point, you can set a plan of action for each day to make each step of the goal HAPPEN.

Also, don’t be afraid to set your goal as high as you want!  If you want to be the highest paid Senior Executive Unit Leader in the business go for it.  What is the worst that can happen?  You’re number 2?  Remember, in the words of a famous person: “If you shoot for the moon, you will at least fall among the stars!”

In our business this goal can be at least three-fold: 

1.  How to increase your personal customer base and orders. 

2.  What can YOU do to help your current recruits to grow their business and therefore retaining                    them.

3.  Increasing the size of your Unit and moving your title upward!

I would love to see these goals and plans set down in writing so that I can help you to reach them.  It goes without saying that this would stay strictly between you and me, but I know that committing them to paper (or email).and sharing them makes you more inclined to working on them consistently.

If you have any questions, please let me know and I REALLY look forward to hearing from you.

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You can have anything you want!

    I know that sounds like an unrealistic comment, but I believe it to be true.  In the words of my favorite motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar “You can have anything in the world you want if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.”

 

This point was driven home to me by one of the reps in my Avon business.  Since I started Leadership I have always been available to my downline pretty much anytime they needed me.  I have put in orders, paid bills, motivated, comforted, and given suggestions on a daily basis.  But one of my Reps that is new to Leadership constantly complained about everything she was having to do.  Despite her wanting to be in a Leadership role, she resented having to do anything to help her people make their businesses a success.

 

I truly feel that if your desire to help each person is motivated by wanting them to succeed and to get what they want out of the business, you cannot lose.  Plus, I can assure you, there is nothing more rewarding then watching someone you have mentored do great things.

 

So take today to start helping your people for the right reasons and I promise you can achieve what you desire.

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Work to Get Motivated?

My very favorite motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, often said that you don’t get motivated to go to work, you go to work and “THEN” you get motivated.  For some reason, the thinking behind that statement escaped me for a long, long time!

But in my Avon home based business I have discovered exactly what he was talking about.  One of the things that I truly did not enjoy was making hours of precalls.  So, of course, I did what every good procrastinator does: I found 99 other things that were “more important” to do.

But one day I realized I was hurting myself and my business and I was just going to have to bite the bullet and make those calls.   Lo and behold, I sat down and got started and realized that I was excited as I saw my list getting shorter and shorter.  So now, I block out the time and just get started and about 20 names into the list I am totally motivated to making these calls.

This can be true for every aspect of your daily work in your own home based business.  We don’t have a  boss looking over our shoulder so what we get done is up to us.  Try making your list of what you need to get done every day and I guarantee that once you start that list you will be motivated to work and motivation breeds success.

So as you start you new day, remember go to work and YOU WILL GET MOTIVATED to succeed.

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Perfection & Your Home Based Business

 

 

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have found that being a perfectionist can be a real draw back in my Avon Home Based business.

So many times I have found that I have to keep encouraging people to just “Do It”.  I remind them that any problems that arise, we will take care of them.

So, now I need to take my own advice.  Writing this blog is a perfect example!  I am a “perfectionist” so consequently I never want to post a blog until I have had the time to do it perfectly.  Unfortunately, I have realized that the time never comes when you are busy building a business. 

So, my advice to you and most especially to “ME” is to just “DO IT”.  So if these blogs are lacking, forgive me, I promise they will get better as I get better at it.  But, at least, I am accomplishing something that I have been putting off.

 

Good Luck and remember “Just Do It” !

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Working Your Home Business in the Rain

As an Avon Representative, I find one of the most daunting things is when I wake up to pouring rain.  The immediate urge is, of course, to go back to bed and dream of sunshine.  Unfortunately that really doesn’t help the business much.

So at this point, you must get creative!  Although there is always much paperwork to contemplate, there are also people to see, product to deliver, and people to appoint.  However, walking into an office with rain dripping from your hair into your eyes is not the ideal image you want to portray.

My customers expect me on a certain day and I am loath to change that.  But, with a week of rain, I figure they will adjust and understand.  So I head out to work in between the rain showers which leaves the day of 100% rain chances free to work in the office. 

I guess the bottom line is that if you can get creative, adjust your schedule to fit the weather and keep on working you can still keep your business growing and avoid the inevitable regrets of wasting several days and trying to catch up.

So if it’s raining, or snowing, get out of bed, get creative and keep your home business growing.

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Mindset

I had thought of many different things I would write my first real blog about, but John Maxwell’s Word of the Day gave me the idea of Mindset.

 

As I begin a new week of running my own Avon businesses, I truly believe our Mindset is a critical factor.  If how we think about our business and the week ahead is a positive mental image, we will be much more likely to have positive results.  Negative thinking will, of course, bring negative results.

 

In the words of Zig Ziglar, don’t have “stinkin thinkin”.  Get a “check-up from the neck-up”.  Are you guilty of having a negative mindset or do you strive to maintain a positive one.  If you are lucky enough to be your own boss, that is certainly something that should make you feel positive about what you are doing!

Use the 7 letters of MINDSET to REMIND you HOW to BE:

 

  • MODERATE: BE DECENT, DIRECT and DOWN-TO-EARTH.
  • INSIGHTFUL: BE ACTIVELY AWARE and INTUITIVELY INTELLIGENT.
  • NATURAL: BE AUTHENTICALLY you. BE the EXAMPLE others ASPIRE to.
  • DETERMINED: BE EXCELLENT, EXCEPTIONAL and EXTRAORDINARY. REFUSE to be Mainstream, Mediocre, or Middle-of-the-road.
  • SHARP: FOCUS ALL your ATTENTION on ACCENTING the AFFIRMATIVE.
  • ENTHUSIASTIC: BE a JOY generator, a HAPPINESS magnet, a POSITIVITY radiator. 

 

Practice these and I guarantee you will see great results.  Have a GREAT WEEK!Smile

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My Hero

After staring at  this blank page in horror for the past week, I am finally motivated to begin a blog by the death of my friend – Zig Zigler.  Did I ever meet him, NO…did I ever even talk to him NO.  But through the decades of reading his books, listening to his tapes and then his CD’s,   he was definitely one of my best friends.

CNN described him as a motivational guru and I personally think that is still selling him short.  To me he was the original -The Glass is Half Full person, and I assure you that he was a household name – at least in my house.

Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes us to act, whether it is getting a glass of water to reduce thirst or reading a book to gain knowledge.  (from About.com Psychology)

While a lot of people think motivation is just about getting hyped up to do something,  it is actually a way of life.  It’s always easier to just let life slide by then to face it head on, and to go where you want to go.   Just a couple of his catch phrases that I particularly love : “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street” and “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” 

I won’t  attempt to motivate you at this point, but I will say go to www.ziglar.com and check it out.  Read his books, but even better listen to him and I promise that if you will do that with an open mind, it can change your life.  

The world has lost a great man – Zig Ziglar  1926 – 2012.

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