Dealing with discouragement and disappointment in my Avon business is a constant daily struggle. I’m sure that anyone in a small business goes through this on a regular basis. But it is not the disappointments that hurt you, it’s how you handle the disappointment.
I find easiest to bury my head in the sand and just hope that things will get better. Not such a good idea!! I have had a series of disappointments in my Unit and total discouragement from several of my team members and, you guessed it, it is not getting better on its own.
So the other day I decided it was time to face the problems and start being “Solution Conscious”. I have listened to more motivational CD’s in the last two weeks than I have in the last six months. I have started a Goal Board, I have set up a conference calling line, I have been on the phone and on the computer more than I did before and I did it A LOT before. I have gotten a lot of business associates on conference calls with people that know more than me and have fantastic suggestions to offer on building your business.
In short, I made the effort to recognize that I was dealing with the problems in a negative way, instead of looking to see how I could change the negative things to positive ones.
One of my team members pointed out to me yesterday that his motivation had to come from himself not from me. But I do believe that you lead by example and if you are motivated and excited and doing things to make your business grow, this will rub off on everyone you come in contact with.
So I guess what I am trying to say is that when things are looking bleak, remember that it is how you handle the disappointments and what you do to change them that matter. Disappointments are GOING to happen, but it’s up to you to use them to your advantage and turn them around.
So face today and everyday with a smile and optimistic attitude, look your problems in the eye and you will succeed.
Have a Great Weekend