No matter your business, you as the owner or manager are similar to that of a Coach. Your employees, sales reps, downlines and others within your company are part of your team and you are the Coach. And just like any team, the performance of each individual player affects the performance and image of the entire team.
Now-a-days, you see a turn-over within a business as employees look for other options. Not always do employees leave for bigger & better things, some employees leave because they did not feel appreciated. You will find yourself in a cycle of training employees who leave, thus costing you time and money.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
So, how to begin – just think “SMARTER.”
- A=Action oriented
- T=Time deadline
- R= Reward
The first step, write SPECIFIC goals – if you give clarity to your goal, you give clarity to your mind, your partner/family and know what is expected.
Make your goals MEASUREABLE – if you don’t measure the goal, it is only an intention. Perhaps your measure is in weight (pounds), finances (manicure or car payment), or time.
There are steps that will help your goal be ACTION oriented. How are others energized by your goal? These others don’t need to know where you are heading; however, you need to. I totally believe in an Accountability Partner, so if you don’t have one – get one. J This could be someone to check in with for miles walked, a meet-up at the gym, phone calls or meetings – anything, but we seem to follow-thru when we are accountable to someone other than just ourselves.
All goals are achievable. And we are a “Shoot for the Moon” family, but in all the goals we’ve created, we always make them REALISTIC. Look at your goals, say them aloud and attain them – stating you want to make $500/month is realistic and achievable to pay for your car payment. Your subconscious will support this statement & goal more than if you shoot for $1M this month before you hit the other realistic goals. Given the TIME deadline & your resources, are you likely to reach this – keep your goal high enough to stretch, but realistic to obtain.
Speaking of TIME deadlines, do you have a specific date to complete or earn the goal? You can also break the goal down into steps or smaller accomplishments to gauge progress. Members of our CardsAndMohr team do this – whether than have been with us for a week or a year. Some of our business goals are now goals for our team. We love coaching others to success.
Now for EXCUSES, get rid of them! You are the only one standing in front of your success.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The summer is one of our slowest times of year for growth! Imagine what November and December will look like. If you want to more know about the Retail Options or how to start a SOC business of your own, check out our Send Out Cards page. Your time is now - shoot for the moon! <3 Danielle
Friday, June 10, 2011
The past month we’ve been helping families create and send numerous graduation cards. I think the unique ability to create their own cards with as many photos as they desired set their invitations apart. As we celebrate the 2011 graduates, I have flashbacks to my own commencements… high school, college and graduate school. It sounds cliché, but the statements of “Live your dreams” or “You are in control of your destiny” are pretty prominent and very true as we have the future in our hands. We make our own decisions.
There was a commencement address of from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who told the graduates of the Boston College School of Law, “My advice to you is to stay optimistic. Things usually have a way of working out.” Again, it’s cliché to say; however, it is very true - the future is not like it used to be. No longer do you need to work 40 hours a week for forty years… I really enjoyed the book, “The Business of the 21st Century” by Rich Dad Poor Dad author, Robert T. Kiyosaki. He makes great statements and questions – and sums it up by saying ‘you need to take charge of your future by taking control of your income source – today! You need your own business.”
If you’re like us, you might think “Oh, really?” How am I going to have my own business? Well, Mr. Kiyosaki, our family and numerous others would tell you to look at Direct Sales or Network Marketing. As we’ve blogged (see archive), you need to research the businesses you are interested in and consider – their history and their future… including their competition. We have our story and so do many other entrepreneurs in other business; it’s finding what is best for you… for your family.If I could add other nuggets, it would be:
(1) It’s going to take work. Just like any j-o-b, you will have to work for your goals; however, in direct sales (network marketing) there is no ceiling. You can achieve more than the one who sponsored you… you don’t have to wait for someone to retire to advance in this business.
(2) Don’t be afraid of failure. I wish I could immediately put my hands on the quote about Edison and the numerous times he failed with the light bulb or Michael Jordan and the missed shots. It basically said, “I succeed because I failed.” [I’m sure one of you will find the full quotes for me.]
(3) Don’t hesitate to take a leap of faith… if you’ve heard a “WHAT IF” whisper – maybe you take it. You don’t have to leave your j-o-b while you start a direct sales position… and sometimes it fits well with your current position. But if you have goals to leave your j-o-b, then make goals… perhaps you start off to make $X/month to equal your current salary and then your next goal is to double that… and so forth.
I will tell you after being in direct sales for nine years and only one year with SendOutCards, this is the best opportunity I have ever been part of. I am blessed to be home with our three boys and be present for all their school, sports and extra-curricular events. I add to our budget with a real income and save for splurges like vacations and weekend fun. We have a team of men and women who I am empower and providing opportunities that they never thought possible. And if you know Tim or I personally, then you know how our CardsAndMohr team’s success means more than any personal success we attain. Seeing others obtain freedom – time, money and stress warms my heart. It's like our proud parent moments in regards to sponsoring.
Maybe you’ve heard the “WHAT IF” whisper… maybe you had a fleeting thought for an idea… there is no better time to try it than right now. If you are inspired by an idea, follow it. As my dear biology teacher, coach and mentor used to say “should of, could of, would of never won a ball game. Don’t wait – your time is now. Always here to help and cheering you on - Danielle
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Again, another powerful lesson my kiddos (or at least their movie) seem to have taught us today. And of course, I want to pass on these moments to our CardsAndMohr team and others reading who have their own businesses – especially other mompreneurs in direct sales. The quote is simple, but by ‘just keep swimming’ you are ready for the entire race – not just the marathon. We often need reminders of such in business. I’ve seen so many friends and acquaintances start a direct sales business with a burst of energy… and then after exhausting their immediate circle of family and friends, they’ve run out of prospects.
There are so many ways to continue this blog. I could write about your target audience of customers – unlike those of us in Send Out Cards, perhaps your audience has been narrowed to one gender and even slimmer with or without children. I could write about the “WHY” – Why or what is the reason you chose the business or want to have your own business? When you know your WHY and if it’s strong, you will “just keep swimming” towards your goal because of your WHY. Despite all the challenges he faced during the course of the movie, Marlin kept swimming to find Nemo. Finding Nemo was Marlin’s WHY – and he wasn’t going to stop until he was reunited with his son.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Sure, we all have good days and not so-good days, but remember tomorrow is another day. You’ll see ups and downs in business too, but you’re in it for the long run. You do not start a business with a ‘get rich quick’ mentality. All the practice and time you’ve put into your relationships will be rewarded – I constantly share this with our Send Out Cards team. I spent eight years in another direct sales company and never have seen the success we’ve had with Send Out Cards in one year. It’s all about the Law of Averages and you need to stay in the game, focused on your goal and play hard til the final whistle blows. Our best to you as you shoot for the moon! --Danielle