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Save This (Restart) Coupon

January 1st can have a nearly mythic quality in the world of personal development.

It’s “THE” new year.

“I will reach all my goals!”

“I will become the person I always wanted to be!”

In an inspiration from The Brady Bunch television show, I describe that as: “Pressure, pressure, pressure.”

(Imagine an exasperated younger sister saying that to her seemingly-perfect older sister.)

Today is the 3rd day of 2019. If you find yourself frustrated with your lack of progress thus far (or you didn’t behave the way you planned), I’m giving you permission…

Permission to restart.

In fact, you can claim it as many times as you want.

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Official Restart Coupon from The Rocket Science Coach ™

The bearer of this coupon has permission
to restart “The Year” now.

All New Year’s Resolutions and Goals have a clean slate.

Multiple Uses Allowed.

Valid Jan 1-Dec 31, 2019

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–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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Do-Over!

This week I saw a funny meme in social media.

The general message was something like this:

I think January was a 30 day free trial. Who wants to start the year over on Feb 1st?

And I though, That message has some wisdom.

Jeffrey Combs of Golden Mastermind Seminars taught me to realize January 1st is a random day that we agree to start the year. It can come loaded with expectations, both helpful and destructive. And we can restart our business year whenever we want.

Even the US Government allows a corporation to choose the first day of its fiscal year.

So if you didn’t meet your January goals, or you dropped one or more of your New Year’s resolutions, feel free to restart your renewed focus or activities… today or any day.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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8 questions for your next sprint

I classify a “Sprint” as a period of focused business-building actions. For example, a sprint can contain invitations to a regional event, reaching out to gather customers, reaching out to set presentation appointments, or holding 3-way credibility calls with your sponsor or newer teammates.

For comparison, I ran track in grade school. I remember the first several practices in early March, where the winter cold would burn my lungs as I gasped for breath. Frigid air, cold-numb reddened hands, and uninspiring grey skies were the price I paid to get back in shape for the spring competitive season. When it came time to run in the first meet, I was ready to give my strongest effort.

By definition, a sprint is intended to be short-lived. 100 meters, 200 meters, or a complete lap around the track for 400 meters. That last example is pushing the limit of how long an Olympic athlete can sustain the strongest effort for the entire race.

There are some parallels between network marketing “massive action” and a classic runner’s sprint. Let’s take a closer look at eight questions for creating a sprint of business-building activities.

1. What is your goal?
More subscription customers? More distributors? Qualifying for the revenue-sharing pool or car contract?

 

2. What are the activities you will do?
Texting invitations for a presentation? Texting or calling to follow-up and ask people to get started? Conducting large group presentations? Hosting 3 way calls with your sponsor?

 

3. How long can you sustain it?
(staying on pace for the days you are SCHEDULED to work)

If you hear a lot about  “90 day” sprints, it might feel overwhelming. Try reducing the length: 9 weeks, 9 days, 9 hours, 9 minutes. Reduce the length until you feel a surge of excitement and a thought of “I can commit to that!” This pace will keep you moving while avoiding overwhelm. Ride that edge. Even 9 Minute Bursts added to your daily activities can create some serious action in your organization.

 

4. Think of Run-Then-Walk, not Run-Then-Stop.
In Track and Field, the runner can expend all her energy for that sprint, and immediately afterward enjoy a rest break of sitting and refueling for the next event.

In contrast, a field leader in the top one-half-percent of our company told me: you MUST keep moving forward in your business directly after a “blitz” or “massive action.” If you stop because you’re tired or burned out, you have wasted all that energy because the momentum will die. He told me this distinction is KEY to reaping the benefits from a period of intense activities.

Let’s put that in Track and Field language. Imagine yourself running a 100 meter dash, which is the distance of one of the long straight “sides” of the track, then walking the remaining distance to complete one lap of the running track., not stopping after the run. How fast were you running?

Likewise in your business, what amount of activity will get you moving faster AND be able to maintain a steady pace afterward?

Thinking of “jogging” instead of running. In MLM it is pointless to race someone when it exhausts you.

 

5. What time-sucking activities will you replace with business?
(Facebook or social media, a television show– record it and watch it on your day off. Can you arrange for other people to do housework or cover your carpools, and return the favor by doing double-duty after the sprint?)

 

6. What are your sprint-activity times? SCHEDULE them.

 

7. What is your scheduled time-off: daily and weekly?
You need daily & weekly pauses for proper food, mediation/spiritual practice, sleep, exercise, and being with family. You might be able to cheat on these in the short run, but doing so will cause your body to break down (get sick or injured) and then you will be FORCED to step away from your business.

 

8. How will you reward yourself: daily and at the end of the sprint?
(give yourself a sticker on your calendar, posting about your progress on Facebook or simply enjoying the relaxing effect of browsing social media, a special ice cream sandwich, dinner out at the end, brushing your teeth.)

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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The launch and the stationkeeping

Happy 2016, everyone!

At the beginning of the year, many people launch– or re-launch– their businesses with “massive action.”

But do they have a plan for stationkeeping?

Let me explain.

I used to launch satellites for a living, along with many other thousands who contributed time and energy to each launch.

The departments I worked in concentrated on the trajectory.

In other words, the path the rocket took from the launch pad all the way into high earth orbit, where it released the satellite into its own orbit. We tussled with the accurately-predicted high heating, winds, and physical strain on the vehicle as it punched its way through the atmosphere.

We trajectory & performance experts wanted to transport your satellite to the release altitude as quickly as possible, using the least amount of fuel. However there was no use in finalizing a flight path that would cause the launch vehicle to burn up, veer significantly off course, or snap in half.

My colleagues and I were dealing with the real physical strains and atmospheric effects of  “massive action” during the launch phase.

On the other side of the building, engineers were concentrating on what happens weeks, months, or even years after “spacecraft/launch vehicle separation.”

The long-term effects of radiation exposure on the onboard computer and sensors. Impacts from micrometeorites.

The tiny amount of atmosphere that would slow the satellite down, decreasing the altitude of the orbit into a slightly more dense section of the atmosphere, leading to an even lower orbit.

And the rare case when the satellite had to be moved to a significantly different position… like when a weather satellite hovering over the Eastern USA failed, and one from the west coast had to be scooted significantly eastward to cover the gap.

Each satellite is launched with its own tank of propellant onboard for stationkeeping maneuvers. As you can imagine, that fuel is doled out with parsimonious care, because once that tank is empty, there is no way to refuel it … and you have doomed the satellite to certain slow decrease in altitude and burning up as it reenters the densest parts of the earth’s atmosphere.

In our businesses after the “massive action,” there needs to be a way to sustain the rewards of the growth. In aerospace engineering we refer to that next phase as “stationkeeping.”

Consider these “stationkeeping” questions.

What systems do you have in place to train and educate your new distributors? Your new clients? And you yourself?

How will you keep in touch with your distributors and clients, in a way that is emotionally fulfilling for THEM, so they continue to buy your products?

How do you teach your distributors to take a look at their business-building actions… and decide whether they need a burst of “stationkeeping” maintenance (pep talk, a choice video or audio recording, reading a book) or a complete overhaul?

Business success is more than getting started right… it includes sticking around to reap the rewards from the work. Be sure you have sturdy plans for both phases.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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Let the music carry you

At this moment one of my colleagues is sitting in a hospital waiting room while her mom is in surgery for the 3rd time this year. And to uplift her spirits, the younger woman is listening to music.

But not just favorite songs from the radio.

Instead, her ears are filled with the uplifting songs written by our CEO. Songs that have been unveiled and performed live at several company conventions, each one matching and expanding on a convention theme.

Your CEO may not have written tunes or raps, but I’m willing to bet you have several songs that are traditionally heard at your events.

When you feel frustrated or exasperated, play one of those. Let it take you back to the joyous celebration that your convention provides.

And let it spur you to greatness.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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You need 3 plans

You need 3 plans for your network marketing or direct selling business.

I’m speaking of planned business building activities, not filing papers nor listening to archived conference calls.

Plan One is used when you are working at a fast pace. “Massive Action.” How many and what type of business building activities will you do?

Plan Two is for those times when you must scale back your efforts in order to handle a life situation.

My opinion is… Health (physical, mental/emotional, spiritual) and Family Milestones are higher priority than my business.  Ask yourself, “What quick business building effort can I do today? What will make me feel I have taken a step forward in my business?”  Incorporate those into your Plan Two.

Plan Three is helpful when you have “taken a pause” in your business and it’s time to restart.

Perhaps your parents died, a child needed emergency surgery and extensive rehabilitation, or an immediate family member had a serious situation that required your focus.

Or for a happier example, you lived your lifelong dream of sailing the Caribbean all winter.  (Not my dream… but one of my friends longs for this. I need Dramamine if I come aboard.)

And remember, Plan Three situations are why we build residual income businesses, so the money keeps coming even when we don’t work. #gotpaidanyway

After an absence of several weeks or months, the sheer number of announcements and latest-and-greatest techniques will take time to learn and implement. Many newbies or people in the lower ranks of a company feel overwhelmed by such a situation, and some quit because it seems like too much to handle.

In my 9-plus years of coaching my team in my current company, I discovered people rarely jump from no activity to Plan One and stay there… a ramp-up phase is typically necessary. This is where Plan Three becomes quite valuable.

Even if you assume you will never need one or more of these Plans, develop them anyway. As your team grows, your teammates will approach you for advice in developing their own Plans… and you can draw from your own for inspiration and guidance.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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This Is A Long Overdue ( ) For ( )

When you fall out of touch, neglect to send that promised email, or forget to post on your blog while traveling for your network marketing company’s convention <sheepish grin> …

How do you get back in touch?

When this happens to me, I  feel disappointed and embarrassed. There doesn’t seem to be a good time to get re-engaged, and the longer I wait the worse I feel.

Here is one solution.

The President of one of the largest Chambers of Commerce in the United States taught me this magic phrase:

“This is a long-overdue (       ) to (      ).”

As in, “This is a long-overdue phone call to see what questions you have regarding your account.”

Or, “This is a long-overdue email to share the details of the next networking meeting.”

And for me, “This is a long-overdue blog entry to apologize for my absence and to teach you a powerful technique.”

As I advised a friend on Facebook this week: “Everyone messes up. Your character is revealed by how you handle it.”

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach”

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I’ve fallen and I CAN get up!

Handling shame, vulnerability, and living in authenticity are topics we encounter each day as Network Marketing Professionals. Sometimes the people we thought we could count on to encourage us… end up being the most hurtful.

This week I had the pleasure of participating in a live Question and Answer forum with author Dr. Brene Brown, a research professor at The University of Houston studying vulnerability, courage, shame, and authenticity. www.brenebrown.com

Did you watch her video? Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 19 million viewers.

I devoured her 2012 book “Daring Greatly” and am looking forward to digging into her brand-new “Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.”

“Rising Strong” tackles an important question: how do people get RE-started after encountering a hurtful comment… or a harsh lesson from life?

From other sources I have learned that people with high IQ tend to ruminate about mistakes or insults… spending lots of time wondering WHY things went wrong. Or WHAT they did wrong. And replaying the scene many times.

Does that sound like you?

Well, I know it sounds like me. And I encounter that same phenomenon in people I coach in network marketing. So I want tools to help me guide people out of that depressive spiral.

During the Q&A, this is what I asked.

LYnn: Among my professional responsibilities is the informal coaching of colleagues who approach me for advice. Many of their struggles contain stories about handling hurtful comments about their “failures” coming from their family, friends, or business acquaintances. What is an effective way to use your research to help them?

Dr. Brene Brown: I think the Living BIG chapter in Rising Strong could be very helpful and the shame chapter in Daring Greatly!

Rocket Science Coaching Fans, if you have not read those two books, I highly recommend you  do!

and now it’s time to savor my copy of Rising Strong, which arrived in the mail this afternoon…

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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