Last week on my PartyPlanDivas training webinar I was discussing the importance of recruiting and personal sales in your direct sales business. Many direct sales consultants are really fantastic at one or the other – they either keep their calendar full of parties or they recruit a massive team and spend all of their time working with them. But to be truly successful in the business, you must do both. My training went a little something like this:
“It is like rowing a boat. Let's say you only paddle on the right hand side – that is our sales side – your boat will move… in one big circle. And even though your circle will get a little bit bigger each time, you are still moving in a circle. So let's say you switch your paddle to just rowing on the left hand side – our recruiting side. Again – your boat will move – maybe even a little bit faster at first as it changes direction… but again you are going in one big circle. It isn't until you begin to row on both sides – putting both “paddles” in the water that your boat truly begins to move forward.”
As I was talking my brain was going a million miles an hour – thinking “my God, that is what I am doing with my weight loss!” I have mastered both working out and eating right… but never at the same time! When I hired a personal trainer I was killing it on the lifting… while eating like garbage. Then I discovered whole30 and absolutely rocked that… but barely stepping foot in the gym or the zumba floor. And while I had some progress with either working out OR eating right, it makes me wonder what would happen if I “put both paddles in the water” with my health, the way I coach my Divas to do with their business.
We have all heard that the key to success is “diet and exercise”… not diet OR exercise. The key to party plan is sales and recruiting… also not “or.”
A few days ago I was feeling particularly down and I vented to my girlfriends and heard exactly what I needed to hear. It was the “tough love” that I needed, from the ladies I love and respect most. Because I am in a round of whole30, the advice was basically “get moving.” Then I realized this SAME person just a few months ago when I was working out like a fiend gave me a hard time about eating out at restaurants 3-4 times a week. I've never done both diet and exercise at the same time.
Then yesterday a friend of mine put a call out for accountability and support in her fitness goals, and a dialogue began on whether it is better to “go all in” or to make “one small change” and let that build. It was interesting to me to realize how different people are, and to solidify how much I am an “all or nothing” kind of girl. The only time I have ever had actual success with my goals was when I have been totally extreme – like choosing to do twelve 5ks in twelve months having not run in more than 10 years. However even then I really only ran the 5ks… I didn't train in between like I said I wanted to. I also ate whatever I wanted whenever I wanted most of the time. Again I had only one “paddle” in the water towards my goal.
Today I am on Day Eight of a whole45. I have said this entire round that something “clicked” and I feel more dedicated to it than I did even my first time. I feel like I finally – finally – have my eating under control. This weekend I had numerous opportunities to cheat – even sitting with my family last night at a restaurant while they ate my favorite appetizers and I sat waiting on my compliant meal.
Yesterday I picked up my triathlon bicycle to begin training for the SRI Tri in October. I have been doing POUNDFit every day in my living room. I am hiring a new personal trainer. My head is in the game.
And for the first time – probably ever…. I am rowing with both paddles.