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POWER OF GENEROSITY

POWER OF GENEROSITY

Welcome to the Sideline Sisters blog, where we share essential tips, tricks, and tools we’ve found for growing a successful Network Marketing business.

When was the last time you received a hand-written thank you note? How did it make you feel? I know that one of the things that impressed me so much about my sponsor into my business was that she consistently sent me hand-written notes. Sometimes it was a simple thank you for an order; sometimes just to say hello and keep in touch. It meant a lot to me that I knew I was on her mind and meant enough to her to take the time and effort to send me “snail mail”.

Today I want to outline some of my favorite ways to show generosity through your business—not only does it make your client or team member feel good, but it really makes YOU feel good, and shows that you are a person of integrity and caring.

  • Write a thank you note—Like I said above, this can have huge impact, and it is so easy to do. Grab some thank you cards from your local dollar or discount store, and write a quick note to let your client or teammate know you’re thinking of them. The goodwill this builds is priceless—much more valuable than the price of a stamp!
  •  Donate to charitable causes—find something that really speaks to your passion and give of your time, money or products. Most non-profits hold fundraisers throughout the year that will require items for auction, for example, and your product could be the perfect item for them to raise money with!
  • Add in free samples or services to client orders—this is a no brainer. Sell cosmetics? Add in a lipstick sample to your bag when you deliver their order. Sell a service? Offer to give them 30 minutes of your time for free. Get creative; there are many ways to add value to what you already provide your clients.
  • Send birthday/anniversary cards—just like sending thank you notes, this little bit of attention to detail can add up to your client and team feeling very special.
  • Offer special “client only” sales opportunities—again, if it’s within your business structure to offer special discounts or complementary pampering sessions or consulting time, DO IT. Not only just for your best clients, but for the people who may only purchase a little bit from your business. You never know who they may refer to you in the future!
  • Give TIME to your team—whether it’s 1-on-1 coaching or a team BBQ, giving of your time and experience to your team can only help your entire organization grow.
  • Offer this business opportunity!— If you’re not thinking about your offering your business as one of the most generous acts you may perform in your life, then you need to think again! You probably know from personal experience how much your life has grown and changed and improved since getting into network marketing. Why not share that same amazing opportunity with others? Invite people to coffee, share with them with an open heart, and give them a chance to see how much this industry can change their lives. You’re doing them a favor.

I hope this gives you some great ideas to start implementing in your business and life today! If you have any other ways you like to show generosity, post in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

12 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS TO READ THIS YEAR

12 PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS TO READ THIS YEAR

Welcome to the Sideline Sisters blog, where we share essential tips, tricks, and tools we’ve found for growing a successful Network Marketing business.

Personal development is such an important topic to address with network marketing professionals, mostly because it gives you skills to get through those really hard days, weeks or months.  You know what I am talking about.  Those days when everyone you talk to says no, when the person who told you they would host next month is now dodging your attempts at contact and that month when your sales are lower than you had hoped.  Network marketing isn’t an easy profession and you have to learn how keep moving forward, putting one foot in front of the other.

But what is there to say about personal development  that hasn’t already been said?  There are already tons of studies and resources available to you, so today we would like to make it easy for you to start down your personal development track.  It is extremely important for you to stay on top of your reading, really important!  So below is a list of 12 of our favorite personal development books (one for each month).  Enjoy this, share it and take the time to make this a priority in your life!

  • January: How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
  • February: Think and Grow Rich for Women by Sharon Lechter
  • March: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • April: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself by Shad Helmstetter
  • May: The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
  • June: The Energy Bus by John Gordon
  • July: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • August: Dare to Dream and Work to Win by Dr. Tom Barrett
  • September: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
  • October: Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
  • November: The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • December: The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

GOALS & GRATITUDE

GOALS & GRATITUDE

Welcome to the Sideline Sisters blog, where we share essential tips, tricks, and tools we’ve found for growing a successful Network Marketing business.

Today we’re talking about goal setting, a key element in succeeding in any endeavor, but definitely in your network marketing business. Perhaps you’re still pretty new at this gig; maybe you have been around, but are looking for a refresher and some new inspiration.  Regardless, you must be here because you really care about succeeding at something that’s important to you.

First of all—I’m not going to spend time today talking about why setting goals is important—you’re probably already fully aware of the reasons.  And the how to set goals will be for another post. Today, I have a tool I want you to look at, and to consider incorporating into your week. It’s over in our Freebies page; it’s called Weekly Goal Sheet.  Do you have it open? Ok, great, now we can proceed.

I absolutely love this document—it highlights our need for daily gratitude AND daily action as equally important parts of accomplishing goals. I complete the goal section every week on Sunday or Monday, and the gratitude section each evening, and I can’t tell you how much it helps my motivation and my momentum.

First you’ll see the gratitude section. Here’s why daily gratitude is so important. There can be negative things in life, whether it’s resentment, fear, or criticism; but none of it can get in the way of your life’s purpose when there is gratitude in your heart. Go ahead and try it—if you’ve recently had a bad day or are feeling unsure about something, think of something else you are really truly grateful for, really FEEL it wash over you.  You’ll notice the negativity simply dissipates. Think of gratitude as your magic potion every time you are having a rough moment. And then, on a daily basis, take stock of all the things you’re grateful for and make a note of them.  Now you’re in the perfect frame of mind to work on accomplishing greatness.

The second part of this document is created for successful goal achievement. We’ve supplied five goal lines; you can use as many or few as you think are necessary.  Below is an example of my typical week. I am sure to include both business and personal goals, because I am all about life balance. After I list out my five main areas of concentration, I list three specific tasks I can accomplish that week to move my goals forward.

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I’ve found that not only do I like having this visual reminder of my goals, but that when I refer back to it on a daily basis, it helps inform my choices and actions for the whole day. And it gives me a written record of all of the things I’ve accomplished, which is always a great cause for celebration!

I hope you’ll print this out and incorporate it into your habits as well. If you do, we’d love to hear back from you what you think! Either comment below or email us at sidelinesisters @ outlook.com.

SIX STEPS TO HELP GET YOUR LIFE ORGANIZED

SIX STEPS TO HELP GET YOUR LIFE ORGANIZED

Welcome to the Sideline Sisters blog, where we share essential tricks, tips, and tools we’ve found for growing a successful Network Marketing business.

How often do you say to yourself, “Today is the day, this is it…I am going to get organized.”?  If you’re like most people you tell yourself this on a very regular basis.  But actually getting organized can be really intimidating and very overwhelming, and with so many areas in your life to organize it is not easy to know where to begin.  So we’ve come up with six steps to help you take that first step, then the next, and then the next to getting your life organized.  Take it for a spin…what have you got to lose?

Step 1: Brain Dump (total time = 15 minutes)
Are you ready?  Okay, here it goes.  For this step all you need is a blank piece of paper, your calendar or planner, your phone, a writing utensil and some quiet time (lock yourself in the bathroom if you need to).  You are going to set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes and your goal in these 15 minutes is to write down everything you have to do in the upcoming 30-45 days on this blank piece of paper.  This should include everything you do throughout the day, week and month.  Yes, everything.  From eating breakfast, lunch and dinner and working out to time you’re at your day job, errands, kids events and family time.  Don’t forget vacations, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries.  Especially don’t forget personal time.  Okay, set your timer…ready…set…go!

Step 2: Update Your Calendar (total time = 25 minutes)
Great job!  Didn’t that feel like a huge weight lifted off your shoulders?  It might be one of our favorite things to do!  Now it’s time to update your calendar or planner and put everything you just brain dumped into it.  In order to be successful with this we need to break it down, so this step has multiple steps within it.  For this step you will need three different color highlighters, your phone, your planner and some quiet time.  If you don’t have a planner you like, or are looking for a new one, check out our Success System to see if it’s a fit for you.

Substep A: Choose which color highlighter you are going to designate for “must do” tasks, one for “need to do” tasks, and one for “want to do” tasks.  For example:

  • Must Do  – important/time not flexible (green): day job, family time, kids events, etc.
  • Need-to-Do – important/time is flexible (yellow): eat, personal time, sleep, work out, client calls
  • Want-to-Do – not necessary but would like to fit it in (pink): girls night out, camping, etc.

Now that you have your colors picked out you are going to set your timer for 5 minutes and during this 5 minutes your are going to highlight everything on your list with one of the three colors.  Okay, set your timer…ready…set…go!

Substep B: Now that everything is highlighted, let’s put it into your planner.  It’s best to utilize both your monthly and weekly planner pages at this stage.  You are going to set the time on your phone for 20 minutes and during these 20 minutes you will start by filling in all your must do activities.  Write these ones on your monthly calendar and then block out the time on your weekly calendar.  Once you have added in all your must do’s you will add in all of your need-to-do’s followed lastly by your want-to-do’s.

You may not write all your need and want to-do’s on your monthly calendar, but you definitely need to block these times out on your weekly calendars.  Once you have added everything to your calendar you can take it one step further if you would like and color code all your activities with highlighters or colored ink.  In the picture below I have coded all my income producing activities green, my family and personal activities as yellow, Sideline Sister activities as pink, chores as orange and so forth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you see how this is starting to work?  This process is called time blocking.  You have just prioritized your life tasks and know where you have time to fit some more of the fun things in.  There are two key things you must do to make this part successful: 1) stick to your designated times, if you have made Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. your time to call your clients, then go to your office and make those calls; 2) prioritize your personal time and make sure you get some rest, relaxation and rejuvenation; 3) repeat each month!

Step 3: Use Your To-Do List (total time = up to you)
There is no time limit for this task.  This should be a flowing and ongoing entity.  Now that you’ve come this far, the worst thing that could happen is that you have this extremely valuable time set aside, and you let it go to waste by not having a plan.  You need to tell your time what to do…otherwise you will get sucked into social media or checking your email, and your time will be gone before you know it.  Let’s say I have set aside two hours each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for my network marketing business.  I make a to-do list for each of those days.  Tuesdays I am making my calls, following up with clients and sending thank you cards.  Thursdays I am tracking my income and expenses, mileage and inventory and miscellaneous bookkeeping.  Saturday I am packaging samples, putting in orders and preparing my supplies for presentations.  When these blocked times roll around, I can bust out these tasks, and believe me…when you do the same you will feel so much more productive and happier.

Step 4: Check Back (total time = 2 minutes)
Here’s where you will either make it happen or not.  A lot of people will get to this step and stop, only few will keep going. I know you are one of the few!  You’ve done the work to get here, I know you have the drive to keep going.  It’s imperative that you check your calendar every single day!  Maybe even five times a day.  Checking your calendar reminds you of your priorities for that day, and helps you stay on schedule.  It reminds you that in one hour you have set aside 15 minutes to meditate, and if you miss those 15 minutes you have just sacrificed your health for laziness.  Cross off the tasks that you have completed…psst, some say this crossing off of tasks releases endorphins… and throw a little five second party in your head for yourself.

Step 5: Be Proactive (total time = 10 minutes – 2 hours)
This step will be entirely up to you.  Take a look at your upcoming week or month and see where you might be able to increase your efficiency.  For example, we make protein smoothies for breakfast every morning.  So, at the beginning of each month I spend 1 hour making smoothie bags.  I portion out frozen fruit and kale or spinach and put them in Ziplock baggies, enough for the whole month and put them in the freezer.  Each night before I go to bed I take a few minutes to measure out my dry ingredients, put them in a plastic container and set out my cup.  I’m ready for the morning!  Start by picking one or two repetitive tasks and see how you might be able to make them more efficient!

Step 6: Repeat
Keep the ball rolling!  You have done a great job and I know you have found some success in this.  Don’t forget to set an hour aside towards the end of each month for you to plan your next month by repeating the steps above.  Just keep going!  As you get more comfortable with the process it will speed up.  Have fun and feel free when you take all that has been in your mind and put it to paper in an organized and prioritized way!

Meet Your New Sisters

Meet Your New Sisters

We thought that we might introduce ourselves on our very first blog post, so at least you can put faces to the names!

Heather is a Montana native with degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology, as well as a 4-year-old business in Network Marketing. She loves working with people, and is constantly seeking to improve her surroundings and mind! She is married to an awesome Montana dude, has two beautiful kiddos, and enjoys their little piece of Montana paradise.

 

Stephanie is also a Montana native who studied Athletic Training, Kinesiology and Health. Through several years in Network Marketing, she’s learned effective ways to prioritize, set goals and stay organized. She has two dogs, a fiance and loves to crochet and be outside.

 

Sideline Sisters was started while we were camping under the great Montana sky. It’s true. Relaxing next to the fire, Heather and Stephanie talked about about a better way to organize their own network marketing businesses. From that conversation, the idea of Sideline Sisters was born! Though we are still relatively new at this, we are excited to be creating another option to help others succeed in organizing their lives and growing their business.