I’m terrible with words — so I want to try and get this across as best that I can! I’m a “train of thought” writer — there’s never any good structure.. Bear with me!

It’s true that signing up with a Direct Sales company for you might just be about the money, but, as with several areas of our lives — money is really a terrible motivator. That’s not what life’s about, and it keeps you and your business stuck in a very shallow pool. It’s really important, if you’re going to consider direct selling, that you truly find your “why.” And honestly, stay away from any company that sits around making income claims in order to entice you. I promise — there’s just so much more to it than that.

When I signed on — I was bored. I’m a serial hobbyist. Everyone around me knows in the tons of things I’ve dabbled in — I just dabble, and move on. I assumed that signing up to sell this product would be the same thing. I’d try it for a bit — then I’d get bored!

I didn’t. Here’s the thing.. the money wasn’t great at first by any means — but no one can shake their fist at a couple hundred extra dollars a month. It’s not a living by any means — but hey, I was doing that in 10 or so hours a month. I might spend 4-5 hours working on sewing something that I could sell for $15-$30. So, it was at least a much better return on my time than anything I’d dabbled in before. So, I kept with it for a while at a very hobby-style pace. While I was “hobbying” along, I met several people who had actually began to make money at what we were doing… I don’t settle for “half way” so I figured, “Hey, if they can do it – so can I!” So, I asked them what they were doing and I COPIED EVERYTHING. Straight up COPIED IT. I knew what they were doing something that worked, I wasn’t going to invent the wheel — but my determination to get to that end goal was pretty fierce. Why? I just wanted it. Why not! I hated my job — and I see these people who don’t have to work, and can still provide for their families. Who doesn’t want that?

The thing is — I still wasn’t doing it really “for the money.” It’s just so amazing watching the personal transformation it actually takes to reach higher levels in direct sales. It’s not “who’s the better business person” or “who has the best charisma.” No — it’s about overall self improvement.  People want someone to watch and look up to.. I was seeing women in my company overcome their negative self images, their low self-esteem, their fears of failure. I wanted that.

I always knew that I wanted people to say amazing things about me when I died. Do you ever think about what people would say about you when you’re gone? Even if it’s just for the 5 minutes you leave the room — could anyone say something bad about you? My goal is to someday be able to answer that question with a resounding “NO.” I want to leave a legacy and I know the only way to do that is to learn how to serve others before serving yourself… Give more than I get. I’m not perfect, and I’m still learning — but the only times I’ve ever “grown” or “promoted” in my company is by making the choice to change. To stop being the same person I was before I started getting results. To stop being negative, to stop putting myself down so much, to stop wallowing in self-pity and to stop blaming anyone else for my problems. It’s funny how placing these kinds of attitudes into your business soon overtakes your entire person. But really, were those attitudes starting with my business or with myself? Positive attitudes get POSITIVE RESULTS. Being a sourpuss gets you crappy results. It’s win-win. No one wants to be around a sourpuss, and people can see one coming a mile away. I was done being sour. I was done being hateful toward myself, I was done putting myself down. I was absolutely, wholeheartedly, done letting fear in any area of my life win over faith. If I wanted results — they had to start from within.

Sure, with promotions comes money. But, that’s just a perk. What really came with each one of my promotions with my company? Confidence, regularly choosing faith over fear, self-appreciation, genuine happiness, value. While I have been able to stop working and stay home with my son — which before realizing the total change I was going through, was my biggest “why” for what I was doing — it’s become so much more than that.

I’ve slowly realized that I’M WORTH IT. I’m worth working my tail off to get to where I want to be. Because with every hour I put into my business, I’m improving myself, too. Why do I believe this is something extremely valuable to the direct selling industry? Because every day that I wake up, I’m choosing my paycheck. I’m choosing my value and I’m choosing who I’m going to be and what I’m going to do. The freedom of not working for someone else, though, also means you can have a crummy day if you have to… you can deal with a life crisis if you need to… But the positivity and the confidence that I personally know that I’ve gained through this experience helps me to deal with anything that comes my way in a completely renewed light.

Is your direct sales business struggling? Is it mirroring the feelings you have inside about yourself or about your abilities to succeed? You’re only ever going to succeed if you believe you can and believe you deserve it. People are attracted to confidence — and you won’t get that from anyone but yourself. You have to choose.