A lot of direct sellers are using this time to make plans for their business next year. Hopefully you’re one of them. You’re writing down your goals for your business, and then breaking those goals down monthly, with steps for how to achieve each goal.
But there’s another part to your plan. How will you keep yourself on track to achieve those goals? You see, goals by themselves aren’t enough. You need discipline to make it happen. How was your discipline this past year?
It is easy to get distracted, especially when using online tools, and later justify that time to ourselves as “networking.” But we know deep in our hearts that that time could have been used more productively.
So this year when you’re making your plan, add the discipline piece. Here are some tips:
- Make sure every goal has a monthly breakdown, with specific actions you’ll take to achieve each step of the goal.
- Break down a sample week, blocking out your day hourly, to establish your routine for the year. (Routines are essential for creating lasting habits.) When will you make phone calls? Hold sales appointments? Market your business (using social media or other methods)? Use one of those calendars that breaks time down hourly, and actually block out the time. Post that schedule where you normally work as a visual reminder through the year.
- Use one night a week (perhaps Sunday evening) to block out your tasks in that same hourly format for the coming week. During the week, refer to the schedule you’ve made, to keep yourself on task.
- Get an accountability partner that you connect with weekly. This could be your upline. Or a colleague in the business. But check in with that person weekly to talk about what you’ve accomplished for the week, and what your plans are for the coming week. Hold one another accountable for what you say you plan to do.
Are you serious about your success for this year? If so, then put the systems in place to help yourself get there. Discipline is an essential component of your success. What will you do to add more discipline to your business this year?
Would love to read your thoughts in the comments below.