Week Two – My Real Discovery Starts

September 2, 2009 by
Filed under: Play by Play 

This post continues my written journey as I began seriously working on my purpose and passion.

Week Two has been packed full of stuff. I found that this week I was extremely motivated and excited about my moving from the corporate world into owning my own Lifepath Unlimited business. In my journaling this week I commented that my life is so blessed…so many things occur daily that are very positive. This week the weather was gorgeous, I spent time with my family – both my husband and daughter and also with my father. I was extremely pleased and relieved that after discussing further with my husband he was still 100% supportive of my new endeavor.

This week I also had contact with my up line representatives. I had a call every day this week. Most of the calls consisted of about 30-45 minutes and my coach would focus my attention on how I was feeling, where I was with Discovery, and some short training around something around the business. He gave me access to the training that they have put together online. The first of these meetings was longer and we went over what he referred to as a business plan. Because I come from the corporate world, I would not have called it a business plan. It was helpful; however it was more of an exercise of going through what I wanted, a reminder of what the top earners do, discussion about what goals should look like, another review of the compensation plan and then a reiteration on what and why someone should position their selves properly in the business. He then put me in touch with a marketing person who was in his up lines organization to whom I paid to get additional marketing training from. He then had me register for his four week online training program. I called and spoke to the Marketing contact – she was very friendly and giving. She was so willing to help. Everyone I speak to continues to re-confirm my commitment to making this business work.

I was told “We become who we associate with. Be conscious, look at the people you associate with and consider cutting back time spent with people that hold you back.” After some time thinking about this there is truth to this, however I feel that the way I heard it in the beginning verses the way I feel about it now is worth mentioning. When I first heard this, I heard that we may want to start cutting out people that we care about because they don’t make money. (This is because he also asked me to analyze the average salary of the five people we spend the most time with, making an assumption that we would find that our salary would be very near this average). My gut felt something deeply wrong with this. Some time went by and I heard Tony Robins talk about how we can be SO happy and satisfied about where we are in our life that even though we want to do more, have more and be more – we tend to not follow through on our dreams because we don’t have things around us that give us that motivation. By being around people that are already successful we then, by default, end up positioning ourselves so we feel our backs against the wall. We will then – clearly have something we want; we will see something that we want. By being around people that have what we want, we become more driven in our goals. We believe it to be possible. Since we need to believe (REALLY believe) in order to be more then it is important that we not get stuck in our comfort zones. So, if we are conscious about whom we associate with and associate with others that happens to be in a place where we want to be we will naturally find ourselves more motivated to act. This does not mean we give up people we love. So although the way this was originally said did not resonate with me; the impetus behind it is to get us to a place where we are motivated to keep moving.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Personal Development this week was great. I heard so many quotes that I just loved. Some of them follow:

* Be in the now; focus on the fun and truth
* Live in the moment and know that you are in control
* Life unfolds in the present
* We squander our precious time by not being in the present
* We fret about what needs to be done; we let our thoughts control us; ordinary thoughts course through our mind like a waterfall.. step away from the current and just be. This is where you get true to yourself.
* Intentional attention on the present moment. Be with your thoughts. Awaken to the experience of living your life.
* 1. Stop thinking about improving your performance 2. Savor the present 3. Focus on the present 4. Make the most of your time by losing track of it.
* The very moment is our best teacher.
* Know that you don’t already know; Embrace the unexpected.
* Apply principles every day; consistency is a by-product of focus.
* A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, he is only braver five minutes longer (Ralph W. Emerson)

SKILL LEARNED
One of the biggest things I started to learn this week was the training around what is referred to as Natural Selling. Because I have never considered myself a sales person taking the step to Direct Sales seemed a bit at odds with who I have been. (By moving in this direction I am hugely out of my comfort zone). This training has been great. It introduces a method of selling that I had never heard of. It uses the power of dialog, detaching from the outcome, and a model of conversation that allows the individuals you are speaking to know you care and for them to open up and reveal whether they even need what you have to offer them. It allows you to qualify them without the fear and pain of rejection. Very nice to learn that selling can be about being of service to others!

MAJOR DIFFICULTY OR SETBACK
The major difficulty for me this week surrounded my guilty feelings around how I felt about my J.O.B. I have always been the individual to work hard and go over and beyond in what I do. As mentioned in another blog, I am President of our Diversity group and this is keeping me busy and is actually becoming the main thing I spend my time at while at work. My guilt stems from this focused time and lack of time on the job that I am actually getting paid for. I have also had difficulty with the financial side of things. I have wanted to raise funds to become positioned in the best way possible, however for the time being I may have to compromise until sometime in the near future.

SUMMARY OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
So, this week, I worked with and through my goals, I made firm decisions on starting this business (started actually paying money for things). I was able to secure funds for a large part of the positioning and expense part of running this business and am looking into other ways to raise additional funds to position the way I want to, I signed up for the four week training given by my up line coaches, I paid for additional marketing training, I had conversations with my family and friends about what I was doing and was able to do so from a place of certainty. I wrote how I would not let anything get in my way; how I trusted that everything would fall into place; wrote about building a successful team; how I always be able to do that, how I always attract great people; I wrote that the universe was on my side. Wrote how I would find a way to do this; wrote how I am amazing at solving challenges and that this was not different. This week there was also a bright light on recognition that this is taking A LOT of work. Not that I thought it would be a cake walk, but this is a decision that one should not take lightly and be ready to need support of your community or a team that will be there to cheer you on your way. If you find you don’t have it, you must create it yourself!

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