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Is it a warning signal?

Let’s peek into the mind of a newbie.

Yeah, I expect some difficulty when I start a new path. Just like when I launched my current business.

I have a new company, new product type, new sponsor. And something to prove.

But I’m a fast learner… or so I was always told.

So why does a business seem to get harder? I finish one challenge, and another one pops into its place. Where’s the “flow”?

As I coach newbie distributors on my team, I ask myself how to help such a person. And it triggers an important realization: Do I expect the “Right” technique will make my business grow fast, automatically? And am I teaching that mindset either through direct words or by implication?

Here’s the main question for a distributor to ask themselves:

Is struggle or challenge signaling that I’m on the wrong path?

Would it be more helpful to say, I know I’m on the right path BECAUSE things got harder?

Only you can decide.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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You’re not brag-able anymore

You used to be the one who worked their way up to manager. The stockbroker, the public speaker, the book author. The selfless public school teacher, the soccer coach, the organist at church.

And then you joined “one of those things.”

Please realize some people brag that they know you, for what you do for work.

So when you branch out and start a side business (or change careers), suddenly you don’t fit their previous description.

Many times they seem confused by the change. They say, “You had such ‘respect from the community’ or ‘a great salary,’ so why would you want to change that?”

Be aware that some pressure comes from them wanting you to stay who and where you were, for their comfort.

Be okay with change you choose.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach”

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The toddler scramble

Imagine a two-year-old attempting to climb onto the couch by themselves.

Lots of pulling on the cushions, kicking legs to get a foothold, even pressing their face into the couch seat in the process.

It’s not graceful, but it works… most of the time. Sometimes it results in a slide to the floor.

That child had to focus, and perhaps run toward the couch to get enough momentum to climb aboard.

Your newbie distributors act the same way, when they gather enough steam to make their first push for qualifying for a contest leaderboard.

The burst of activity and the signups may have taken all the energy and focus they could muster. They may have fallen short of being listed… or were knocked off the board after it was refreshed.

Do you praise such people?

I say it’s the smart thing to do. Whether or not they qualify, they’re demonstrating the intention to get better and aim higher.

And I applaud that, so they learn that’s what I honor:

Doing What You Can, When You Can¬† … and a leaderboard listing is icing on the cake.

Many times the newbie gets discouraged by not reaching the leaderboard, or from being knocked off it. So my praise models healthy long-term business actions.

I doubt the two-year-old child successfully climbed onto the couch on the first attempt.

But do we shame them for failing, or tell them don’t-try-only-do-it-if-you’re-going-to-succeed? I hope not.

The same goes for your newbies.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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It’s so easy

… to fall back into your old role.

“Only a” student. “Only a” plumber. “Only a” housewife/househusband.

Don’t be surprised if your friends and family use that as pressure, to keep you doing what you used to.

It’s comfortable for them … and familiar for you.

Stretching into a new role of “entrepreneur” takes courage.

I salute yours.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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Reminders from a young skater

One of the fun wintertime activities in Stuttgart is attending the month-long annual Weihnachtsmarkt (outdoor Christmas market).

It’s a place to eat bun-cradled Bratwurst and drink steaming Gluehwein while standing on your feet, to shop for gifts while gently pushing your way through crowds… and the bravest will strap on skates at the outdoor ice skating rink.

I am not among the latter.

Yesterday evening my husband, a female friend, and I joined the crowd of onlookers while the musical hits of Billy Joel, Kid Rock, and TOTO filled the air. I sang along while my husband and friend sipped their steaming drinks.

We enjoyed watching the swirling neon spotlights illuminate the skaters as they circled the rink’s center, some weaving through the crowd expertly, others slowly yet confidently pushing their way forward.

The smallest skater was a girl perhaps 5 years old, tightly gripping the chest-high handles of the sliding support shaped like a snowman. She was inching her way forward with no one nearby to assist her.

The white snowman was approximately 3 feet tall and stood firmly on stubby blue skis. A newbie skater could stand behind it, using its stability to keep balance while wobbling forward and pushing it in front of them.

It took the young girl about 15 minutes to make one circuit of the rink. I watched her skates flail in flashing ovals while she barely glided forward, and I realized what was missing: she needed to turn her backmost skate on a slight angle before pushing against it with her foot.

I commented to my friend, “Someone needs to show her the proper way to place her feet. I would do it if I knew more German and put on some skates… I struggled with the same foot-angle issue while learning to roller skate.”

 

By the time the young skater was returning to her starting point, my friend commented, “She’s a fighter, that will take her far in life.”

We watched her exchange a few words with a middle-age adult male who was wearing skates and standing outside the rink; he was probably her father. Then she began a second lap gripping her snowman support. Still skating alone, she moved faster this time, circling the rink in about 10 minutes.

When we saw her face again, she still looked neutral-to-happy. All three of us were impressed, and we guessed at why she didn’t seem frustrated.

“She is enjoying herself,” my friend commented, “and she doesn’t seem scared by the way people are skating quickly past her.” The other skaters were giving her plenty of room, which I imagine helped her stay calm.

I added, “I think she is NOT comparing herself to anyone else. In contrast, she probably is seeing how she is the same as everyone else on the rink: she is SKATING!”

We left as she began her third lap, walking away around 9:30 pm while the music and socializing continued.

This morning as I write this, I also realize no one seemed to tell her that she doesn’t belong on the ice. None of the other skaters appeared to talk to her nor call out a comment while she was skating. After her brief talk with the man, her body language didn’t express any discomfort regarding her progress.

I pulled several lessons from the experience.

  • Stay calm when you’re a beginner
  • Use tools to help you learn
  • Ask for advice when you want to improve
  • Enjoy the process instead of comparing yourself to more advanced participants
  • Give beginners time and room to try their burgeoning skills
  • Keep any verbal insults and frustrations about a beginner’s progress to yourself

    and the most important one:

  • Sometimes there’s a subtle difference between frustrating activity and success

Whether you’re coaching a new business partner, showing a friend how to use a computer program, or advising a child how to ice skate, the same principles apply.

As coaches of our teammates, be aware of the subtle actions that lead to easier and faster success.¬† The best coaches can observe a person’s activities, discern the skills (obvious or subtle) that are missing, and teach them patiently.

Although she never spoke a word to me, that young skater reminded me of some important facts.

I hope the next time she laces up her skates, the proper technique “clicks in” so she can soar around the rink like the fastest skaters.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach ™”

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A quick way to look professional

Nearly every company has individual replicated retail sites for their distributors.

When I bring a new person into my team, I ask them if they have 15 minutes.

Usually they respond, Yes.

I give them a task: go to their replicated web site, upload a head shot of them (take a selfie now if you need to!), and fill out any information their site needs to post, including writing a reasonable sentence or two in the “About Me” section.

If they get stuck, I tell them to fill in the blanks: “I like [the product or service] because [a fun or inspiring experience they had with it].”

A one-sentence “About me” is fine. And so is a selfie taken in that moment.

Starting with those blanks filled is more imporant than waiting for the perfect headshot photoshoot or letting perfectionism get in the way of filling in the blanks.

If a distributor has been in business for more than 24 hours, I’m negatively impressed if their replicated web site shows me a grey-square and announces “A valued distributor.” It’s the same effect of leaving the windows covered on your bricks-and-mortar storefront… you’re signalling to the world that you are “not open for business yet.”

Sometimes it’s easier to refine than to aim for a polished first.

–LYnn Selwa “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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