Did you grab your free Goal Setting Workbook & Planner? If not, grab it now! My recommendation would be to print it out so that you can make notes and write all over it. But that’s just me. I love writing on the document as I go. It’s what we call a “live” document, meaning it changes along with you. So make notes! Write in the margins! What ever you like!
What is your Why?
This week let’s zero in on the very first step! What is your Why? Sometimes that question can be frustrating, but reality is, if we don’t know why we are doing something, chances are we may not keep doing it when things get tough!
This worksheet gives you plenty of space to think about this question. Even prompts you with some questions to get you thinking!
Why do I want to be my own boss?
This was the first question I wanted you to ask yourself because if you are taking on a Direct Sales business, you have decided you want to be your own boss instead of just getting a job working for someone else! So ask yourself why!
For me, there are many reasons I was interested in being my own boss. Here are just a few.
Since I was 15 years old, I’ve had a boss. I’ve always worked for someone else. I put in a lot of hard work, dedication, and hours for someone else. For many years!
This is common for so many of us! Right? Then suddenly, something happens over the years and you are wondering how you can change this. For me it was simple things like being a little more in control of how much money I bring in since raises were usually few and far between. Seems only the top dogs got increases on the regular.
Or how about the time I thought it was a big deal that I’d been with a company for 10 years, only to not even be recognized for having an anniversary at all. All the while exceeding my goals year after year. Yep, that was a crummy feeling.
How about the times that your boss wants you to attend an event or do something that you really don’t want to do. Like cold call on companies when that is just an awkward thing in the first place. lol Though I still may do some things I don’t love, it’s different when I am making that decision to do them. And I am free to make those choices!
Important side note: I am grateful for all of the jobs I’ve had in my life as each and every one of them taught me things. I still to this day draw on my experiences, and am just that much more grateful for where I am!
What about you?
What reasons would you want to be your own boss? Maybe you want to be a stay-at-home mom? Or maybe you have some health reasons that you need to work from home! What ever your reason, it’s good to write that down so that you can look at it as a reminder from time to time.
I’ll never forget a couple of years ago doing an actual vendor event for a past client at one of the properties I used to work for. While I was there, I got to see many of my past associates! It was great getting to visit with them as they came by to see me. However one thing I noticed was that each and every encounter I had, the person had something they were super frustrated about with their job. At the end of the day, I took a deep breath and thought to myself “THIS. Don’t forget THIS feeling right here!” I was so fortunate to know I got to go home and work my own business.
Perhaps you are using your business as a stepping stone, or even simply an addition to your other job. That’s awesome too because you ARE your boss and YOU decide how much you are going to work this business! I know several people that love their other jobs, yet also love this as a side gig. What a fantastic situation!! So they may have a completely different “why”!
That’s just another cool thing about what we do. We do it for US, and we get to make the decision as to HOW we work.
What obstacles might I face?
This was important to think about because as soon as you decide on why you want to be your own boss, you have to be realistic and think about your obstacles. We need to preplan for these so that we have also preplanned how we will overcome these obstacles.
Bottom line is there is not going to be sunshine and rainbows every single day. Maybe you have a house full of young children and timing is your challenge. Or maybe you don’t have a supportive spouse. What can you do to work through these challenges? Or maybe, like me, you are your own obstacle. Sometimes I get in my own way because I overthink things. Overthinking stops me in my tracks.
So jot down the obstacles you think you may face. If you need some help coming up with solutions or ways to meet these obstacles, ask for some help for ideas! Reach out to me! I’m always happy to talk through things with you!
There are other questions to get you thinking under Step 1 as well. I hope you’ll take the time to really think about them. Do it for yourself!
Next week we’ll talk more on goals and what we need to reach them! If you are working through the workbook and have any questions or want to share any ideas, I’d love to hear from you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below!