I have been concentrating on remembering to post each day on my other blog about gratitude, so not much has been going on here. Since my attention has been on the other blog I thought maybe I should share some about my goals and purpose for starting my 365 Gratitude Project. There are sayings about counting your blessings. Books about looking at the things you have and appreciating them. Be satisfied with what you've been given. Have an attitude of gratitude. Even my pastor said this morning that the riches in Christ teach us to be content with what we have. So many books have been written by people living in horrible and dangerous circumstances and their ability to be thankful and triumph through the adversity and troubles. When I sit and compare, of course I see where I have it made, so to speak. I may not live in a mansion but it's not a cardboard box and I should be more grateful. I may not be as rich as others but I have money in the bank and can buy what I need and for that I should be grateful. I may not drive a luxury vehicle with all the bells and whistles but I do have a reliable and very nice car and for that I should be grateful. I may not have as many customers or team members as other people in my company but I have some and for that I should be grateful. But day to day these things dim sometimes. It is too easy to want, to yearn for and wish for something better, bigger, nicer. I am guilty of jealousy and envy. Which I have learned can lead to bitterness, discontentment and unworthiness. Then how can dreams be fulfilled and goals reached and progress made? It can't. So I need to focus on thankfulness and gratitude this year. I have big goals in mind. Goals for myself, my life, my business. And I will not be able to achieve them sitting and comparing myself to others and being unhappy. I will be grateful for the things I have, no matter how small or silly. Most days it will be no problem at all to write about an amazing thing or situation I am thankful for. Some days I know it will be hard to come up with something, anything! But I will! You may see many posts about my kids and/or puppies. They give me more joy than anything else. But I am determined to voice/write about at least one thing per day for which I am thankful. ( I reserve the right to post late if I need to, lol ) So I hope I have encouraged you to start your own 365 Gratitude Project, whether online for the world to see or in a private journal for yourself, either way it's not too late to start. As a bonus thanks today, I am thankful for you, for letting me share my words, life, business and thoughts with you. Share my blog for me as well if you would? I'll be even more grateful!
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
“I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”
I started my own home based business just under 2 years ago. I have had successes and I have had disappointments. Running your own business is not easy. For every yes I have gotten I bet there have been 50 no's. But I keep going. Why? Because I see the potential. Because I am determined. Because I have seen others and their success and I know I will achieve it also. Giving up is not an option! I might not be an "instant" success story but I will be a success story. "Instant" isn't always better or even good. Compare instant mashed potatoes to the real thing that takes time and preparation and there is no contest. Instant coffee to beans that you have ground yourself and took the time to brew just right. The same applies to business. Taking the time, having patience and building your business the right way will prove to be a successful path to where you want to go.
It may seem weird that someone that hasn't "hit it big" or is an "overnight success" would be writing an article about small business tips. But being in the middle of this business and journey, I have the same struggles that most home based businesses have and I want to share a couple of simple, easy to forget tips.
1. Find a business you use, love, have passion for, etc... Don't start a business selling or doing something that is not a part of you and your life. I use all of my own products and love them. I can honestly recommend them because of the way they have helped my life improve. If you don't believe in your company, it will never get off the ground.
2. Be prepared to fail at some things and have disappointments. I had to realize that it really isn't me and sometimes not even my business that people were rejecting. The whole "right place, right time" concept really does matter and they may come around later and be the perfect fit.
3. Attitude is everything! I used to tell my kids that and then I started this business and got jealous of the girl that hit it big after really doing nothing, got mad because people made commitments and then backed out, and got hurt because friends I thought would support me didn't. Once I started to change my attitude, started thanking God for the things that are going right, for the customers I do have, for the leads that are coming in, then my business has started to grow. Slowly but it is going in the right direction and that is better than a lot of others in this economy.
So, there are many other things needed to make a small, home based business work: money, time, energy, some business sense, etc... Bottom line is if you are willing to work hard you can succeed in having your own business. Reaping the rewards, knowing you accomplished it, is the best success you can get!
If anyone is interested in my company and what they offer, just ask!
it's just me :)
It's usually how I start a conversation on the phone with the people I call most often. They know me, know my voice. Most have caller id, so an introduction is not necessary. Some know me better than others. Some think they do. They're wrong. (Kelly Clarkson's Mr. Know-It-All plays in my head right now.) A lot of the time I even question how much I really know myself. So this is a journey that might give US ALL some insight?
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