Quitting is NOT an Option! How to Keep Yourself Motivated

Quitting is NOT an Option! How to Keep Yourself Motivated

Being an entrepreneur is an exciting adventure, which, at the beginning consumes your energy, attention and time. Often, once the initial excitement of new products and a fast-paced business has slowed down and life starts to return to your more normal routines, you may think that you made a mistake, or wonder why you decided to have your own business.
If you are like most people, there are moments when your motivation lulls and you may experience a level of frustration. This is especially true if you have left the corporate world as an employee and made the leap to having your own business. As an entrepreneur, any situation that impacts your business can also impact your life and vice versa. It is not unusual for people to second guess their decision on why they started their own business. Motivating yourself and your team through these normal feelings is challenging at times.
 It is easy to stay motivated and get others excited when all is going well. The challenge that we are all up to meeting, is to keep being motivated when we want to quit or slow down.
Here are some ways to motivate yourself and your team through the challenging times.

We already know that Young Living offers great products, service and support for all members, so your first item to work on is:

Remember why you became a member of Young Living
Think back to what made you start your business. Revisit your original reasons for using essential oils and get excited again. Remind yourself and your team by sharing why you became a member.  Engaging friends and fellow members in your excitement will re-ignite your previous passion for your business.

Focus on positive thoughts
When your motivation ebbs, it is easy to think negative thoughts. If you catch yourself thinking or saying, “Why did I start this business?” or “This takes too much time/money/etc.” It is time to readjust your thinking to “I started this business because _____________.” Or, I’m investing my time/money because I believe in the products and my ability to share this exciting adventure.

Set a schedule
 Plan regular hours for doing business. If you keep a crazy schedule without regular hours, you are more inclined to lose your motivation. Planning specific times to work will help you plan your free time too. Block out your work time and stick to it.

Take a break
Refresh your mind and body by planning time to meet with friends, take a vacation and separating personal time from business time.  Everyone needs a break from time to time. The most successful business people make sure that they allow time to recharge.
You may be thinking that leaders can never have down time. Not true! Everyone suffers that motivational downswing periodically. What you do when you begin to lack motivation can make a difference in the success of your business. Blending your lifestyle and livelihood takes talent. Encourage your team members to follow these tips if they hit a lull. If you need to be reminded of what success looks like, go to Member Moments and see what key members have to say.

 Remember When You Joined?...Support Your New Members

Remember When You Joined?...Support Your New Members

I was thinking about all of our new Young Living members, and remembering when I started with YL. How exciting it was to become a part of this great group. I have talked recently to new members, and realize that there are many things that I should think about with these people.

Things that are part of my lifestyle or second nature to me are brand new to our new members. Take a moment and put yourself in the place of a new member. Here’s what I discovered and need to remember as I work with new people.

The lingo or acronyms
Watch for the blank look when you are talking to someone. PV? Essential Rewards? EO? If you start out your conversations like this, you may find someone who becomes overwhelmed and not comfortable asking you what it means. I am so used to the lingo that I need to watch myself when speaking with a new member. Remember, they may not be comfortable enough to ask you.

Go over your social media sites
Make sure that each new member knows that ANYONE can ask questions or comment on anything on the site. Many people are afraid to share. You can help them with interacting on social media by doing it yourself. New members will do what YOU SHOW them. The more interaction that is on social media, the more success people will have. Make it a goal that each of your members interacts on social media each week. This also encourages them to create their own social media sites, because they will see how well it works with your sites.

Have your new member set up a class/workshop quickly and run it for them. By demonstrating the way to lead a session, you have provided your new member with a plan for success. Remember, you can tell someone how to do something, but showing them reinforces it. I did this last week for a new member and she has had positive responses. What a great way to give a new member a jump start to success. Their success is your success!

Suggestion: Break things down into less overwhelming information. Make a point to contact the new member a few times the first few months. Help them make those first orders. Instead of just sending out a newsletter, contact them and ask if they have questions about it. Make sure that they are connected on your social media pages. You want them to be in contact with your information as opposed to other companies.
Let’s make our new members really comfortable from the beginning. I think that you will find that they will continue with Young Living and you instead of dropping off of your lists.
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