7 Emotions You Will Encounter in the First Year of a Home Business

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feelingsYour first year in a home business will be filled with a roller coaster of emotions. Here are seven emotions you will most likely encounter so you can be ready and know how to deal with them:

1. Excitement - You just started a business that is going to change your life!  You’re gung ho ready and excited to start building a successful business and residual income!  Then you start going through the training process and now you feel…
2. Overwhelmed - There is a lot to take in, a lot of websites, training calls, reading material, etc. Of course there is though, you’re starting a brand new business.  When you feel this way, talk to your mentor. They will remind you to be grateful that there is a lot of training versus not enough and they will assure you that the feeling of being overwhelmed will fade in the next week or two or three.  Then you will get excited again and start generating leads to talk to.  The leads start coming in and then a new feeling arrives…
3. Fear - You may start to think “Oh my goodness, I need to talk to this person, give them the details, answer their questions. Oh no, what if they ask a question that I don’t know the answer to?”  If this occurs, make the decision to make your reason WHY you’re doing your business BIGGER than your fear and DO IT AFRAID!  When you do that,  you will get to the point where you feel…
4. Happy - Because, YES, you just got your first enrollment, then your second enrollment and you may end up enrolling ten that month.  But then you may experience feeling…
5. Discouraged - If one of those ten quits!  You begin to understand that you shouldn’t focus on the quitter but you should focus on the nine that stayed and continue to press forward enrolling new people.  But then, you may start to feel…
6. Impatient - You may have enrolled 20 people by now but you still don’t see the big, full time income yet. You need it, I get that, I needed it too!  Remind yourself that this is a building process and it takes time to reach a six figure income, it doesn’t happen overnight.  However, you start seeing other people reach big income levels and you start…
7. Comparing yourself to others - You cannot compare your journey to anyone else’s.  It will destroy your focus.  Everyone’s journey is unique. That person you’re comparing yourself to may have been in business for four years and you’re brand new. You cannot compare your day three to someone’s year four. That person may have done many home businesses in the past, and this is your first. That person may work the business full time, and you’re working your business part time.  Everyone’s journey is unique. Your success will come when you stop focusing on others’ success and start focusing on your own!

Now, if these feelings sound familiar to you, you are not alone.  We all go through these feelings in the beginning!  Some of the feelings are fun, some are not so fun.  No matter which one they are, they are all a part of the process and they will make you better in the long run.  I believe we have to go through these feelings ourselves so that when we have new team members that go through them, we can empathize and help them through it!

I’ll leave you with this… anything worth having, will not come easy. It may not be easy. But it WILL BE WORTH IT!!!

GAME ON!!


They Think I Became an Overnight Success

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untitled1I’m currently reading “The Carpenter” written by Jon Gordon.  I’m only on page 31 and already feeling so inspired. I’m taking a quick break to share with you an excerpt from the book that really spoke to me:

When I meet young carpenters they ask me how and why I am in such demand. They think I became an overnight success. But I tell them, there is no such thing as an overnight success. The way to success is to work really hard for years. You show up every day. You do the work. You see yourself as an artist dedicated to your craft with a desire to get better every day. You put your heart and soul into your work as you strive for excellence.  You desire to create perfection, knowing you’ll never truly achieve it but hoping to get close to it. You try new things. You fail. You improve. You grow. You face countless challenges and tons of rejection that make you doubt yourself and cause you to want to quit. But you don’t. You keep working hard, stay positive, and persevere through it all with resilience, determination, and a lot of hope and faith. Then you make it!  Everyone wants to work with you and the world says ‘Where have you been?’ And you say ‘I’ve been here all along, and hopefully getting better day by day.’ To the world, you are an overnight success.  To you, the journey continues.  You’re a craftsman who wants to make your next work of art your best work no matter what you have accomplished in the past.

Beautifully written and so very true!  Hope this made a difference in your day… and YOUR journey to success at home!


Thanks for the laugh Rodney!

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imagesCAUYFCYIFunny story… Just had a gentleman named Rodney come over to give me a quote to screen in my lanai.  After signing the contract to have the process started, he started asking questions about what I do for a living. I shared with him very briefly that I have a home business with AmeriPlan and he said “Wow, and that’s not a hoax?” Funny to me how the average person is so pre-programmed to think that ALL work at home is a scam. I responded respectfully “I wouldn’t have been doing this for over eight years if it was.” He then continued to ask me more questions (clearly I peaked his interest with my “hoax”) and he asked me how often I work.  I said “Oh, whenever I want really.” He asked if I will be working today and I immediately thought “Umm yeah, I will be writing a blog post about this conversation with you as soon as you walk out the door!” but instead I said “Yeah, I might work for a little bit.” and he said “Maybe you can make a little extra Christmas money with your little home business this year.”  LOL… DUDE, if you only knew!!! Thanks for the laugh Rodney! :)

Those are the types of conversations you can expect to have through the years of building your home business.  I can laugh at them and respond to them with confidence because I have seen the big success. If you’re newer in your business and you haven’t seen that big success yet, still respond to those people with confidence. Your success is coming! Don’t let words like hoax, scam, pyramid scheme, etc. scare you.  Those words are coming from people who are uneducated on what we do.  Don’t listen to the noise!! You ARE in the right place!

Build BIG… and make that “little extra Christmas money” and so much more! You deserve it!