My youngest son Eli and I were at WalMart last week and he was shocked by the fact that they already have two complete aisles of back-to-school supplies. I reminded him that we're about halfway though summer and that school would be starting again in just over a month. He was not at all happy to hear that.
So, how about you? How are you feeling about your direct sales business at this mid-way through summer mark?
I'm noticing with my Direct Sales Virtual Academy clients that this time of year can be a little challenging. If you have kids, they are out of school and your entire schedule can be thrown off. Plus, people are traveling and outdoors more, making it more difficult to connect with team members and customers. And, if you're like me, it's just harder to motivate yourself during the summer. I think we all have some kid left in us and feel like we deserve a few months "off."
The problem is, if you don't keep your focus on your business, it could fade away or die completely. I'd like to challenge you to take proactive steps now to make sure that doesn't happen. Go to your calendar and schedule a one hour appointment with yourself (with a cool drink on a shady patio, in your local coffee shop, or in an air conditioned corner of your home) and take stock of where you are now in the following areas:
- Home Party Bookings
- Sponsoring (building your team)
- Home Party Sales
- Time Management
- Personal Development
…and if you're a leader add:
- Direct Sales Team training
- Downline Support
These six areas (eight if you're a leader) will tell you much about the "health" of your business. Ask yourself, "On a scale of 1-10, 1 being not at all satisfied and 10 being totally satisfied, where am I in each of these areas? And what would make it a 10 for me?" Those two questions will not only tell you where you are now, but where you want to be.
I'm going to challenge you here to be honest with yourself (anything else is just a waste of time). Come on, really take an hour and do this exercise! I think you'll find it surprising and a great way to not only gain insight into where you are now, but to get some idea of where you're going. And, I'd love for you to share what you learned with us below..
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