Friday, July 29, 2011

Welcome...First Post

Hi and welcome to the first ever post on Secrets of a Steel Magnolia! This blog has been marinating for a while but I'm so excited to finally start on it. This was a fantastic week for my business. I had a great Show on Monday with some solid bookings for after my leave! So excited about that. As an Army wife, I constantly struggle with scheduling, both in my business and my personal life. Mainly because the Army could not care less what your plans are...sometimes I'm convinced that it's a conspiracy against me. So far, my tips for dealing with Army schedule sabotage are as follows: don't get your hopes up. This might sound cynical but what I really mean by this is that you should try to keep your emotions out of planning as much as possible. Easier said than done, right? It never fails for my husband to bring home a "maybe" and I invest hopes, or maybe fears, in his "maybe". The army always moves in the opposite way that you expect.

So what does the army's plans have to do with your business (even if your not a military spouse). It's really a lesson in taking the emotion out of your business. If you've been in the direct sales industry for even a little while, you know that this is essential for success in this business. It's tough. I mean really tough to take emotions out of anything--especially if you're a woman. I still struggle with it everyday...and I always will. I have gotten better though. For example, when doing business phone calls (which I'm not particularly fond of) I make a list of people I need to call and I also write down a specific treat that I get from finishing it. This is nothing new, but have you ever reallytriedit? It works pretty well for me. What are some of your tips? Thanks for reading my first post! :)

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