One of the reasons I fell in love with having my own career in direct sales (and even now as a coach) was because of how much fun it was. Being your own boss is awesome. Getting to control your schedule and work around your family’s activities is also a great benefit. Earning free products, prizes and recognition and the confidence that gives you is definitely rewarding. Getting to use your personality and your own creative talents to build something that matters is incredible. The friendships you gain and the relationships you form are life-changing.
Owning your own business can be equally as stressful as it is fun sometimes though. There are a lot of responsibilities, pressures and disappointments that will happen along your journey to success. We do not live in a perfect world and there is no such thing as a perfect business or perfect company or a perfect work month, week or day… We will face failures, stumbling blocks and discouragement along the way.
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
However, we do have control over how much fun we have in our business, even during stressful times. Having fun is part of having a positive attitude. The great thing is that attitude is a choice & we all have the power to choose within our own minds & hearts. We can choose to be positive & to have more fun in our business or to get stuck in the pressure and downward spiral of negativity.
Remember how much fun it was in the beginning? Remember the excitement of starting a new venture, the rush you felt when you did your first successful party, how great you felt being recognized for your hard work? Think back to how great it was to just work your business for the fun of it. Remember how it was before you felt like you had to reach a minimum or do so many parties or make sure you were in this or that category of recognition?
It is always good to take a step back and look at what we are doing and also at how we are doing it. We can’t keep doing the same things and expect different results. If we approach each day and each activity in our business from a place of frustration and negativity, we can’t except for it to be fun or to experience positive results. We need to be sure we are sticking to the basics and not making things more complicated.
“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” – Dale Carnegie.
If you want your business to feel less like a job and get back to having more fun then you have to act like it! Our circumstances will not change until our attitudes do.
Here are a few ways to you can RE-gain the fun factor in your business:
1. RE-lease it. Stand up. (seriously, stand up, but put your laptop down first) Make sure you don’t have anything in your hands. Now stick your arms out and start shaking. Shake your hands, arms, head, whole body! Shake off all the negativity, the frustration and the bad vibes. Shake it off baby! Every time you start to feel bogged down from here on out, just shake it off! Another great way to release it is to journal, to write out all your frustrations, excuses, negative thoughts and then to tear the paper up as a physical way of releasing the stress. You can also go do something else that is fun and enjoyable to break the negative pattern / thought loop that’s going on in your head.
2. RE-connect with or RE-write your “Why Statement”. Your “Why Statement” is your reason for working so hard and building your business in the first place. It could be that you want to gain financial stability, to help improve your family’s life, to help other people with your products or services, to make a difference in the world, to get to be a work at home mom, to travel the world, to feel a sense of purpose, to earn a new car… Knowing and staying connected to your “why” can often keep you going when the going gets tough.
3. RE-ach out to your upline, downline and sidelines (team) or another supportive network or group of business friends for encouragement, support and accountability. You are in business for yourself, but not by yourself. Your team and team leaders are there for you & desire to help you be successful! If you need some extra encouragement or fresh, new ideas, just ask! Seek advice and support from those who have gone down the road before you. If you don’t have a supportive team or upline, don’t let that stop you from being successful or moving forward. There are tons of FB groups, networking groups, memberships and business building opportunities for networking, support, training and motivation available to you outside of your team and company. (You can check out all my products, programs and coaching here)
4. RE-member having fun is a choice and it’s your choice to make every single day, in every single circumstance. Choose to get back to the basics, to focus on helping others improve their lives and to make your business fun again. Focus on gratitude. Write down 5 things you are grateful for and celebrate your progress every step of the way. Focus on taking one positive action at a time to move your business forward and don’t allow yourself to stay in that negative space.
Michael Jordan said “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.“ If you are stressed out, aggravated & downright ready to give up in your business, let me encourage you to focus on putting the fun factor back into your business. You will be amazed at how quickly your business will start taking off again once you let go of all that stress, pressure & frustration! Shake it off & focus on helping others & just have fun!
This post really applies to me right now. I am not having fun and feel really drained. I am in a slump but I am going to do your suggestions and really try to release all of the pressure and stress and just have fun in the biz.
Hi Terry, thank you for commenting. I’m sorry to hear you are struggling in your business. Please know that it happens to everyone. I hope this tips help. I also have a short video on How to Get out of a Slump in your Business that you may find encouraging and helpful too: https://beaceoofme.com/how-to-overcome-and-avoid-a-slump-in-your-direct-sales-party-plan-business/
This post also applies to me. I was doing so well, then during my pregnancy I became tired. I felt stressed out by my downlines and uplines. I am mostly not having fun because i do not get the support or recognition from my uplines and my downlines are not coachable.
Hi Deverine, I’m sorry I missed your comment until now. I am also sorry to hear you are not getting much support or recognition. I personally know how tough that can be, I was pretty much an orphan in my business because all of my uplines like for 5 levels quit within the first 2 years I was in the biz. I suggest reaching out to others in your company and in other networking groups to make friends, gain accountability & get support. That’s one big thing that helped me and then I just kept building my team and worked to become the leader that I wished I had had. Please join our free networking & support group on FB if you haven’t yet – we’d love to support & encourage you there too! https://beaceoofme.com/fbgroup