The 100 Club Challenge from Party Plan Divas

Are you ready to “Go All In” and set a BOLD Goal for 2012?  Join The 100 Club from Party Plan Divas!

Here are are nine days into the New Year…. and some of you are still struggling with setting your goals.  I know, I can totally understand – I used to be the same way.  I used to resist setting goals, avoid writing them down, conveniently “forget” to dial in on the Goal Setting calls…. trust me, I get it.

Goal setting is tough – whether you go SMART or BOLD.  It is hard to know exactly where to begin, and how do you get “specific” when what you want to say is “I want it all?!”  See, I told you I understand.

So to help you get started, and to give you a BOLD Goal to start with, I am issuing a Challenge to every single one of you to join The 100 Club from Party Plan Divas.  Check out this video to learn more:

Ready to jump in?  Great!  If you want to be a part of the challenge you can grab the button above for your blog or Facebook page, and if you want The 100 Club Challenge Form you can email partyplandivas@gmail.com and I will send it right over.

Remember this is for FUN and to get you excited and motivated about 2012!  Imagine what will happen to your business with 100 parties…. higher sales, more bookings, and new team members!!   You have the entire year, but get started now and see if you can put three parties on the books before you head to bed.  That’s BOLD!

I hope you will join in the Challenge with us, and be a part of The 100 Club from Party Plan Divas!  This is a simple, achievable goal if you set your mind to it, and it will increase every single other aspect of your Party Plan Business.  It is a bit BOLD, but that’s our motto this year – Go Bold or Go Home!  You can do it Diva!

See you at the top!!

 

What is your Theme for 2011?

I remember last year reading an article from one of my idols – Mari Smith – about how each year she chooses a one-word “theme” to keep her inspired her entire year.  Almost like a one word mantra.  She says she chooses one word that acts as a guide in all my major decisions and shapes my entire year.” How incredible is that?

For 2011 I am choosing my theme to be FOCUS. As I was trying to think of my theme my mind was all over the place with ideas, and it came to me that my problem is – and has always been – FOCUS. I am guilty of having a million great ideas and trying to begin them all at one time – not giving any real, direct focus to any of them – and in turn only getting mediocre results from each.  (does this sound like someone you know!?)

I have big goals this year for Party Plan Divas, as I had this time last year.  Did I achieve some of them?  CERTAINLY!  our Diva Leadership Academy was a huge success, and we can’t forget the Diva Success Seminar! Plus our Message Boards are busier than ever and we have brought on hundreds of new Party Plan Divas around the world! But some of my goals from last year I did not achieve, and I know – without a doubt – it was from my lack of FOCUS.

And FOCUS for me isn’t just for business – but remembering to focus on what is important and not letting the “bugs on the windshield” get in my way of where I am headed.  FOCUS for me is not getting caught up in thinking there is an “easier way” or someone else who I can trust to “lighten the load.” FOCUS for me is listening to my heart AND my head – not just to the one who is screaming the loudest at the time.  FOCUS is starting a project – and finishing it – before launching into something else.  FOCUS is taking time for my family when I am with them, my friends when I am with them, and my Divas when I am with them. Period.

Mari’s word was FOCUS in 2008 and she made the acronym – Follow One Course Until Successful. So that is my plan.  Get ready to see some BIG things from Party Plan Divas (and from ME!!) in 2011.

What is your Theme Word for 2011?

To Be A Champion, Become A Child

This is one of my absolute favorite articles about Successful people.  Priya Shah is an amazing woman from Mumbia, India. She is an internet publisher, blogger, content marketer, entrepreneur, and mom.  You can see all of her enterprises at www.priyashah.com.  I hope you enjoy this article as much as I have.

To Be A Champion, Become A Child

by Priya Shah

Have you ever wondered what successful people have that makes them successful?

Ever wonder how those champion recruiters in your company manage, month after month, to get the most new recruits, the biggest bonuses, the largest paychecks?

Well let me tell you a secret. No one starts out as a Champion. Most of them started out like you and me.

So what is it that makes a Champion different from the rest?

Champions have an attitude, a mindset that sets them apart from the rest. But most of these qualities are not exceptional. Indeed each and every one of us possesses these qualities when we start out in life. But somewhere along the way we tend to lose them and diminish our own potential.

To be a Champion, you must first become a Child!

Let me explain:

1. Champions are Willing to Learn

Children come into this world with an innate desire to learn, to understand the world around them. They are like sponges observing and absorbing every fact, every reaction. Because they know that their very survival depends on it. One of the most important, and oft-repeated, qualities we need to succeed in business is a willingness to learn – to be teachable.

To become a champion, you must be willing to educate yourself or be educated, to read about, learn and absorb all the things you need to know, even if they are completely new to you. If you don’t, you are doomed to failure from the start.

2. Champions are Willing to Act

Have you notice how children completely geared towards action? As soon as they learn a new skill, they want to put it into action. Champions are the same. They put their newly learned skills to use, taking concrete steps to improve their performance, so they can take their business to the next level. They know that they must act on what they have learned, even if they haven’t perfected it. Which brings me to their next quality.

3. Champions are Not Afraid to Fail

Just as a child picks itself up again and again, every time it falls while taking its first steps, champions are not afraid to fall down or fail. They know that failure is the best teacher. They learn from their mistakes and keep fine-tuning their methods till they succeed. Champions have the courage to fall down and not be discouraged. They pick themselves up and keep trying.

4. Champions are Willing to Adapt

Darwin got it wrong. Survival does not happen to the Fittest, but to the Most Adaptable. As children, we adapt to long-term change relatively easily. We are more willing to accept situations and adapt our behavior accordingly. Unfortunately, as we grow older, we become more rigid in our thinking, unwilling to accept that there may be better ways of doing things. In a changing business scenario, resistance to change makes us obsolete. We end up losing out to players with a better understanding of changing trends. Champions are those who can adapt themselves and their business to changing trends.

5. Champions are Willing to Innovate

Children are extremely inventive beings. They come into this world with no preconceived notions of doing things. In their minds there are no limits to what they can do or how they can do it. Champions apply these very principles to take their business to the top. They not only learn from what has been done before. They find ways of doing it more efficiently, more cheaply, more successfully. As Shiv Khera, motivation coach and author of “You Can Win” puts it, “Winners don’t do different things. They do things differently.”

You don’t have to be like a child in all respects to succeed. It’s probably not even desirable. But if your pre-conceived notions, fears and hesitation are preventing you from reaching your goals, try looking at the world through a child’s eyes. At best you will improve your chances of success, at worst you’ll remain young at heart.

Copyright © 2003 Priya Shah

The Comfort Zone

The Comfort Zone

I used to have a comfort zone, where I knew I couldn’t fail;
The same four walls and busy work were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
But, I stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.
I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much,
I said I didn’t care for diamonds, rings, and such.

I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special all my own!
I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win
I held my breath and stepped outside to let the change begin!!
I took a step and with new strength, I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone good-bye, and closed and locked the door!!

If you are in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out
Remember that all winners, at one time were filled with doubt!
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true!
Greet your future with a smile and Success is there for you!!

~Author unknown

How many times have you been able to relate to this poem?  We are in the second half of 2010 Divas!  Do you want to finish this year “comfortable” or ” SUCCESSFUL??!”  Get moving!

Are you suffering from Analysis Paralysis?

Symptom: You want to start a blog for your business. You have chosen a layout and colors and images.  But it’s not q-u-i-t-e ready to go live yet.  You just need to finish that one last…

Symptom: You want to start Gardening your business.  You have all of the tools you need, you even have them all assembled and ready to go.  But you aren’t q-u-i-t-e ready to get started yet.  You just need to wait until…

Symptom: You want to begin recruiting women into your business.  You have people who are interested, and you understand the process and compensation plan.  But you aren’t q-u-i-t-e ready yet.  You just need to learn a little more about…

Diagnosis:  You have Analysis Paralysis!

Analysis Paralysis is where you can’t make any forward progress because you bog yourself down in details, tweaking, brainstorming, research and… anything but just getting on with it.

Sound familiar?

According to Wikipedia the term “analysis paralysis” or “paralysis of analysis” refers to over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation, so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome.  I am guilty of this “disorder” and if you suffer from these same “symptoms” here is how to overcome them, and move towards the success you deserve.

First, get the specifics. What exactly IS the task you are over analyzing?  I understand wanting to do something well, and wanting to do it right, but do you REALLY know what that even looks like?  Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What do you absolutely have to do for the project to be a success?
  2. What tasks can absolutely not be put off while later?
  3. What are the most painful items to change after the project is finished?
  4. What could realistically go wrong?

Next, set some deadlines. Set deadlines not only on the completion of the project, but also on key decisions to help prevent slippage throughout the process.  I like to think of them as “mile markers” to kind of chart your progress and make sure you are on the right track.  Plus it helps to keep you motivated when you have a shorter term goal – so you see success more quickly. Do your best to stick to the goals and time lines you’ve established. If you have to push a date back, do your best to make a plan for how to get caught back up, instead of extending the entire project.

Revisit your WHY. Most of the time when you begin over thinking, you have lost touch with the burning desire for the RESULT of your project.  If for instance your “why” is to quit your job to be home with your children full time, think about the things you are missing RIGHT NOW because of your paralysis.  School projects?  Moms Day at Lunch? Maybe baby’s first steps?  Get in touch with your reason WHY you are working this project in the first place, and use that desire to help push you forward.

Give up perfection. How many times have you said to your children “Nobody’s perfect” yet you try to ALWAYS make everything perfect?  Perfection is a MYTH!  Give it up!  Do your best – that is as “perfect” as you will ever get.

DECIDE to do it. Easier said than done, right?  I understand. But it is critical. You must make the decision to stop over thinking, stop over working the “little stuff”, stop putting off the REAL tasks, and get down to the business of succeeding.

Remember – to get what you have never gotten, you must do what you have never done!

Step on out Diva.  Get out of your own way.

Your LIFE is waiting.

Party Plan Consultant – Be the best teacher, leader and coach you can be!

As a Leader it is your job to train your team, show them “the ropes”, coach them on what to do, and more importantly what NOT to do.  You teach a new Consultant about Branding, about Gardening, about the importance of Hostess Coaching and how to not “leave money on the table” by implementing a good solid Customer Care Program.  You teach her how to Book Parties from Scratch and how to Upsell at a party.  You teach her how to BE a Party Plan Diva.

What have you been preaching and teaching… but not doing yourself?

It happens to the best of us.  We know the right path to take, and we get in the habit of telling others, only to look up one day and realize that we ourselves have not been walking down that path for quite some time.  We have told other how, when, where – but we are not taking our own advice!

Or – something even WORSE happens.  We see that we don’t HAVE to keep doing those things in order to still get a paycheck, and this false sense of entitlement sets in, and you stop doing those basic things in business that you must do to move it forward.  You see that your team will produce an income for you, so you stop Gardening, you stop Hostess Coaching, and you might even start handing your parties away to your team.  You tell yourself it is to “help” them, but the truth is you are getting pretty happy pulling a paycheck from your La-Z-Boy.

If you have ever done this however, you will see that your teams numbers will steadily decline.  Slowly at first, as you have trained your team well.  But eventually the numbers will fall, and you will wake up one day having lost your entire team, when you were not even looking.  You stopped working your own business, you “took your finger off the pulse” and you went from the Leader of a High Performing Team, to The Leader That Had Such Potential.

So how do you stop this from happening?

1. Get Back To Basics. If it has been a while since you worked like a New Consultant, challenge your team and begin a Back To Basics training.  The great part about our industry is that the basic tasks are the same no matter what level of Leadership you hold.  Book, Sell, Coach, Recruit! Let this be your mantra, and go Back To Basics with your team, and your personal business.

2. Re-write your goals. People change, situations change, even desires change.  Therefore your goals must change as well. If your initial goals were to “stay home with the kids” but those “kids” are now in school, your main goal may need to change.  If your initial goal was to reach a certain Leadership level, and you already have reached it, your new goal will need to change.  Rewrite your goals with what is important to you NOW, and get excited about them.Define your new reason and motivation to work, and share it with your team.

3. Start all over. Re-qualify yourself over and over.  And challenge your team to do the same. If you have to recruit 12 people to make Leader, start counting RIGHT NOW to recruit 12, no matter how many you have.  Re-qualify yourself by recruiting 12 people starting right now.  And when you sign up #12, start over again with #1. See how many times you can qualify in 12 months time. If you keep only counting to 12, you will look up and see how fast your team has grown.

4. Kick Start Bonus. Each company offers some kind of Quick Start or Fast Track Program.  Come up with your own, and Challenge your team with it.  Race alongside one another to all achieve your Fast Track Program, and celebrate together when it is over. Remember to include sales as well as new Team Members in your challenge, and reward your team (and yourself!) well when it is over!

5. Beat The Leader Challenge. Each month come up with a Beat The Leader incentive.  Each month whomever beats your sales, recruiting, bookings, etc will win a prize as well as their name in the newsletter.  Women are naturally competitive, and this is a fun way to motivate both your team to work harder, but also YOU to get out there and do what you need to do!  The Beat The Leader Challenge has no minimums – someone can beat you with a $10 order if your orders are $0!!  Get your team moving and having fun again, and get yourself back “into the groove” of consistently doing parties again.

Every Leader will hit this point at some time or another in her career.  If you haven’t GREAT – I hope these strategies will keep you from ever doing this.  But if you have, or maybe you are in this pattern right now, I hope these tips will help you get back on track, and get you back to Walking The Walk, AND Talking The Talk!

Are you “FLYING” Through Life?

I love to fly. I prefer flying over any other means of transportation.  There is something about being that high in the air, looking out over the clouds, and seeing the World below that is so exhilarating for me.  It is probably because even as young as 8 years old I remember flying alone to my grandparents home in Tampa – only a 50 minute flight from Pensacola.  There was nothing in the world “cooler” than being able to see my Granny and Papa in less than an hour when they lived so far away!

I remember stories my other grandfather used to tell of his travels as a Pilot for the US Air Force. He taught me a lot about how a plane flies, and how a “flight plan” is determined and so on.  It wasn’t until years later that I would reflect on his stories in my memories of him that I started to realize how much flying a plane is like going through life.

Did you know that an airplane is constantly a few degrees off course? The “flight plan” is drawn out before the plane leaves, but once it is in the air, the plane will be off course almost the entire flight. Yet, each plane still manages to arrive at the correct city, at the correct time, almost every time.

Think about a goal you have set and achieved.  Were you ever “off course” during your journey? Maybe you missed a few “mile markers” but still reached the same destination.  How can this happen?

Well, an airplane comes equipped with two very important pieces of machinery – Auto Pilot, and a GPS.  These two devices communicate with each other throughout the flight to keep the plane readjusting back on course.  The GPS will signal how far the plane is off, and the Auto Pilot will correct itself. 

In Party Plan, you must also have a GPS and Auto Pilot.

Your GPS is a combination of your current numbers and your datebook. Your current numbers (monthly sales, consultants, etc) will tell you where you are, and your datebook will tell you where you are headed.  These two tools will give you a clear, concise look at the direction you are headed towards your goals.  You can also track and review your progress just like with a GPS.  By looking at your progress, you can very quickly see whether you are ahead or behind on your plan.

Your Auto Pilot will be a combination of your drive, dedication, and support you are receiving from your Sponsor, Success Sisters, and family.  These factors will help you get “back on course” when your GPS tells you that you are not headed in the right direction.  Your commitment to your goal will be what you need to readjust yourself, get back on track, and “land” at the correct destination.

In addition to these two tools, you must also have a good “flight plan” in place.  Your flight plan is the course you are taking to reach each goal.  Goals must be broken down with quarterly, monthly, or even weekly “mile markers,” and must be constantly in front of you every single day.  Make your goal your screen saver on your computer.  Put it as your wallpaper on your cell phone.  Write it on the rearview mirror of your car. Hang it in your office.  Write it on your bathroom mirror.  Also, make sure to SHARE your goal and “flight plan.”  You must consistently have thoughts and momentum towards your goal each and every day.  Not thinking about your goal would be like not entering your flight plan into your airplane’s Auto Pilotyou will not know where to go!

And finally, know that no matter where you are on your flight plan, you can always still reach your destination.  Remember my favorite Chinese Proverb – Failure is not falling down, failure is not getting back up. Even if you think you are way off course, you can go back to your Auto Pilot, and still reach your destination – maybe your flight was just delayed!  Ha!

A Lesson From Around The World

Tonight I went to our “Wednesday Night Supper” at church.  I normally do not go on Wednesday nights, but tonight something just told me that tonight I needed to go.  I am glad I did – I learned an incredible lesson.

Because it was Wednesday night they don’t have the typical “service”, so tonight they had a missionary from Jordan who is doing some pretty amazing things over in the Middle East for Christianity.  Regardless of your religion, it is pretty amazing when you think of these people who are going into these countries to teach what they believe under such dangerous circumstances.  I sat in awe as he showed pictures of Baptist churches and schools being built in war-stricken areas of Iraq and surrounding countries… just amazing to see the pictures and think of what they are having to risk to do those kinds of things over there.

But that wasnt what really struck me.  This gentleman (I can not pronounce, much less attempt to spell his name) was from Jordan and was probably in his late 50s.  He had come to the US for the first time in 1984, which is also when he learned to speak English.  He had a very thick accent, but you could understand him clearly. What I loved though, was how he used the English language.

As he spoke, he explained the new land they had purchased, and the new churches and schools they were designing to build.  Instead of what we would typically say about our goals or intentions though, he would say “My heart is to finish by August” or “Our heart is to have 250 students enrolled.”

His interpretation of our “goal” was his “heart” – and how true is that!?

Think of the goals you have set for yourself that you have followed all the way through and accomplished successfully?  What was different from the ones you didnt achieve?  I am willing to bet – your HEART wasnt really in to it.  You may have WANTED it, but you weren’t committed to it.  It wasnt in your heart.

So today as you think about your daily goals, ask yourself – Is your heart really in to it? And, if you didnt reach a goal… don’t continue to beat yourself up over it.  It wasnt your fault that you failed.  Your heart just wasnt in to it. Decide if it is still what you want, and if so, resolve to work from your heart – not your head – to achieve that goal.

My heart is to work with women I can help become successful.  My heart is to be someone that people come to when they need a pick-me-up, or a little reassurance when their business (or life!) gets them down.  My heart is to provide a community for women who are in our industry to have a place they truly fit in, are understood, supported and respected.  My heart is that everyone reading this succeeds in everything they put their heart into, because they absolutely deserve it.

What is your heart?

Keys to Effective Goal Setting

Keys to Effective Goal Setting

Effective goal setting happens when we choose goals that we believe we can truly achieve. We keep those goals in front of us, never losing sight of where we want to go in life. The foundation for effective goal setting starts with these five components.

#1 Have a Vision – Start with a fully detailed vision for yourself and your business. Without a vivid image of how your business will look in the future, you will not be able to set all of your daily, weekly and monthly goals that will propel your business beyond your imagination into reality.

#2 Know your Passions – Often the problem with goals isn’t in setting them but being motivated to actually achieve the goals you’ve set up. Think about really gets you fired up. I’m not talking about simply your direct sales company or my latest ebook (ha!) but rather ~ what drives your dreams. Your passions need to be able to get behind your list of goals and fuel the fire that makes you ACT. Goal setting without action is simply a diversion from the actual “work” of making things happen.

#3 Be Brutally Honest – Setting goals means being honest with yourself and others. Living a life fully and achieving your goals requires complete honesty. Look deep inside yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t pretend to have skills or talents that simply exist within you. It is a major waste of your time and energy to strive to be someone else. Your vision, passion and gifts that exist within you will carry you toward your goals. As Shakespeare wrote “To thine own self be true.”

#4 Set Goals that are Yours to Achieve – Your goals must be literally “Your Goals.” It doesn’t seem possible for you to be passionate about someone else’s goals. For you to achieve the goals you have set before you, you must believe deep within yourself that the goals are working toward will take your life where you want to go. Don’t take on goals for yourself that were designed by someone else. Look at your life and your vision then set goals that you will walk through fire to achieve.

#5 Live a Life of Action – Remember to spend less time on setting your goals than acting on them. Stay in Motion. If you have a tendency to get stuck in the “planning” stage of goal setting, then start with setting smaller achievable goals each day that you make a priority to reach before the end of each day. If your goal is three home parties a week then set a goal that is yours to achieve within each day. Can you make someone book a home party? Of course not, but YOU can take the action (10 calls a day) that means you are taking this goal seriously and investing yourself in the process of reaching that goal.

Setting goals that you believe in and fueling your dreams with your life passions are all part of the successful entrepreneur mindset. Develop your own successful entrepreneur mindset that you can achieve yourself with planning and action!

Controlling Your Clock

clockwomanIn the month of December we have discussed Goal Setting and Goal Getting at length.  With most everyone I have worked with, one common obstacle kept arising – TIME.

Controlling your schedule is a huge obstacle for any business owner.  Regardless of your level or time with your company, you must create a schedule from a Top Leader’s perspective.  Leaders create schedules based on RESULTS that she wants to accomplish. Consultants create schedules based on the time they have available to work their business behind everything “else” in their life.

To run a business and be PAID like a business owner, you must treat your business LIKE a business, and not a JOB.

Step 1: Each week, make a list of things you need to accomplish in the following week.  I do this each Sunday night so that I know going into my week what all I must do. Your list must include any scheduled appointments, projects, events, parties, etc.

Step 2: Determine how long each activity will take.  For some activities, this will be simple – an hour long meeting at work will be one hour.  But as we all know, some parties take longer than others, and if your plans for the week include developing a new holiday marketing campaign that you have been putting off, it may take a few hours.  You may find it difficult to determine the right amount of time for things when you are just starting out, but that is ok.  Make your best estimates, and then monitor how long it actually takes you to complete the project, so that you will be able to plan better the next time it arises.

Step 3: Block off your schedule with highlighters in your Diva Success System Planner or other organizer.  Create your schedule for the week by determining when the best time will be to accomplish the items you have to do. Put your scheduled appointments and parties in first – these obviously have a start and end time.  Then schedule time for each activity on your list in your calendar just exactly like your appointments – with a start and end time.

Step 4: STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE!  This is the hard part.  We will keep appointments with others, but seldom with ourselves.  Treat your appointments with yourself with the same level of importance as your appointments with others.

With these four steps each week, you will be well on your way to finding great success with your time!