Planting Seeds

 
One thing I love about La Bella Baskets is how they keep it real.  They educate us what it takes to grow a strong business without the hype.

 

Below is my favorite post that I read on our Facebook group. It has helped me understand what I need to be doing everyday to grow a solid business for me and my family.  Enjoy the article…

 

Keep planting seeds
The day you plant the seed is not always the day you eat the fruit.

Sometimes people get frustrated and impatient when they see that what they’ve asked for isn’t here yet.

They give up believing that it’s on its way.

We been raised with many instant gratification claims advertising around us such as: Thinner thighs in thirty days, Quit smoking in one session, Make BIG money the first week, that it’s easy to expect things to miraculously happen in a very short period of time. Problem is that’s not always part of the universe timeline.

Yes, I admit that many extraordinary things can be accomplished quickly under extreme circumstances or with a lot of experience.But for most people, thinking like this can set up unrealistic expectations of what’s to come, and when our initial efforts don’t meet those BIG expectations quickly, frustrations set in.

When there’s a delay in seeing results from an action you’ve taken…. here’s the process that sometimes follows:

1. Doubt creeps in

2. Then worry

3. Followed by Fear

4. Frustration and irrational anger (at yourself, at others, at everything).

5. Resentment and bitterness

6. Giving up

This is where many people completely give up on their dreams.

Sometimes when you try something new, you’ll see results immediately, which is comforting. But then, as you being to stretch beyond your comfort zone and go after bigger dreams that require even more effort, sometimes the results need time to take root.

That’s when you may scratch your head and say “when am I going to get to the next level? It’s not easy to be patient, and it’s probably harder now than ever before, especially when information can be sent across the world In a nanosecond and with the microchips capacity multiplying every few months.

The thing is, the day you plant seed is not the day you eat the fruit.

In all things, there is a gestation period. Think of pregnancy. There’s a reason that it takes nine months for a baby to be born at full term. It simply takes that long for the gestation process to occur You wouldn’t want to rush the process and have the baby arrive any sooner than it needs to. With pregnancy, we accept that that it will take that long for the baby to mature. Instead of getting frustrated and angry, we take our time picking out paint colors, for the nursery, researching the meaning of names, and getting ready for this new little life to join ours. We are patient, even if the last few weeks we grow impatient as we become more uncomfortable. We honor the process of gestation.

And yet with other things in life, we do not always honor the gestation period that required for the universe to rearrange itself for the outcome we’ve asked for. But it’s absolutely necessary . Yes, miracles can happen (and do happen) in short periods of time. But the really important stuff can take a while. Sometimes even a long time, much longer than you think it would or should.

Every great journey has begun by taking the initial step. Every other step you take builds upon that first one. It’s a process, not an event, and life is about progress, not perfection. Pace, not race.

The more you keep taking steps towards what you want for yourself, the closer you get. It might not show up accordingly to your desired time line, but when you point your feet in the right direction and take step after step, you are getting closer to what you want each minute. When you see a glimpse of progress, celebrate it, even if you’ve not quite there yet.

Sometimes you’ll take a step back. You might even take many steps back. But don’t be hard on yourself. There is no straight line in the universe. Even when you set your sights on a target, you will veer off at some point. Yes, you have plans and your own time line, but things don’t always work out as planned. Choose to gracefully accept the twists and turn, and then veer back toward your target.

Here’s the thing you must remember: almost anything really good in life will require time and dedication to become a reality. If you become impatient with the process, you’re more likely to give up on relationships, goals and other thing that are important to you.

It takes time for the seeds you’ve planted to put down roots, sprout, grow, and then bear fruit that you can eat. That’s why you have to be diligent about planting them quickly and doing whatever it takes to foster them. At the same time, it’s important to plant as many seeds as possible so that you have different things cropping up. Don’t rely on just type of marketing to create results right away.

Instead of being in a place of resent (which will never attract quickly what you want), remember to keep yourself in a place of positive expectation.

Here is one thing that I refer to on a daily basis for many years.

I am positively expecting great results, no matter what I see in front of me. The universe is rearranging itself for my best interest right now.

When I refer to that…My voice is being heard. Be patient; it’s on its way. Be in a place of quiet assurance that what you want is getting ready to be sent to you. Once your decision is made, your only job is to be committed to the vision, believe and follow the guidance.

So if you get caught up saying..Why isn’t this happening fast enough? Getting into a place of self-doubt or blaming the process, I remind myself that good things is on it’s way. I just keep moving forward, doing presentations, keep getting the message out about the opportunity/gifts and things seem to just to work themselves out. But if I stay in that place of doubt, worry, or worse, blame, it surely gets worse.

You are ultimately responsible for your own success, your actions and most importantly how you see your own progress. You create your future and your results based on how you choose to see the world and the way you react to life. A person coming from a victim’s point of view will always see fault in the process. That’s universal law.

A person coming from a victorious point of view will always see opportunity, no matter what’s in front of them.

You’ve got to have patience and perservance. Just as you wouldn’t rush mother nature and expect to a tree to grow in one day, blaming the process of the universe for being too slow unrealistic

Tend to your seeds, Do everything that’s required of you. Understand that different plants sprout at different paces, and then get yourself in a pace of positive expectation. Don’t worry, Don’t get frustrated. Be persistent. Believe what you want is on it’s way to you.

Miraculously, that’ s when the results happen, quicker than you thought possible.

 

8 Tips to Reach Your Home Business Goals


#1.  Believe in you and your business.

It is important to be 100% sold about your  business.  Only when you are 100% sold, then you will attract more customers and business partners your way.

If your thinking.. “nobody will purchase from me”,  “Nobody wants to join my business”.  I promise that is what you will attract more of.

If you’re not 100% sold about your business, go and study more about your industry.

Millions of people are also starting homebased businesses everyday and the good news is that they don’t even know that your company exists!  This is an incredible opportunity for you!

#2.  Remember your “why”
Always ask yourself “why did you join the business”? Whatever your “why” is, that is your dream.  Don’t let anyone kill your dream. They can’t do that without  your permission.

So what is your why?  Was it your family? Do you want more freedom?  Are you tired of working for someone else? Whatever your reason is, keep that in front of you.  Your “why” will keep you moving forward on good and bad days.

#3.   Remove “weeds” from your mind.  That negativity and low self-esteem has to go.
Every day you have a choice.  You can choose to complain and get frustrated when circumstances are not to your liking and focus on the negative, or you can choose to see the positive – to plant positive thoughts.

When tempted to complain about something – STOP!  Do not verbalize it. Do not keep thinking about it in a negative light.  Instead, focus on what it is you have to be thankful for in that situation. Intentionally find and focus on the positive. You will feel a lightness in your spirit that will carry you through the situation with calmness and peace – a much better alternative!

One area some people personally struggle with is to plant positive thoughts in regard to themselves. When they goof up on something, they tend to be hard on themselves. But even in self talk, if you discipline your thoughts to stay positive, you’ll find that you are more able to move on to the next thing with confidence and joy.  Joel Osteen says, “Change the way you speak about yourself and you can change your life.”

So what are the “weeds” in YOUR life that need to be cleared out?

Pay close attention what is going thru your mind and recognize it.
Are you saying things such as…”I can’t do this business, I’m not smart enough, I don’t have what it takes to succeed?’

The TRUTH is that  you HAVE GREAT VALUE
You HAVE the potential to do amazing things!
You ARE good at MANY things

Keep these truths about yourself with you or taped to something where you will see them and read them aloud several times a day. This may seem rather strange. But think of this as the FERTILIZER that will help the beautiful flowers in your garden grow and help you get rid of those nasty weeds! It really works! But why out loud, you ask? And won’t everyone think I’m CRAZY?  Well, they might, but first of all don’t be concerned with what everyone else  thinks!  Second, you do this out loud because there is something powerful about speaking out loud.

Clear out those “weeds” so you can have room for the BEAUTIFUL thoughts that we were meant to have. Prepare the way to grow the lovely garden in your mind which will ultimately lead to a  LOVELIER LIFE!

#4.  Don’t work undercover &  BE PROUD your business.  
Always be proud of your business and let EVERYONE know about your business. Don’t work undercover. Find casual occasions to let people know about your product or service and how you can help them.


#5.  Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone & Dream BIG
It May Be Uneasy But It’s Worth It
Alright, so you want to stay in your comfort zone. Yet you want to see your business grow. You know all you have to do is….do something!  But since you find it hard and trying you just stay where you are, silently telling yourself “Ah, maybe it wouldn’t have worked anyway” and accept that that’s all life has in stock for you.

But why would you give up? When all you have to do is pull yourself together and get over your fears. Because that’s when miracles begin to happen. That’s when you can pat yourself on the back and be proud of yourself. That’s when you get things done. That’s when you get one step closer to your goal. Regardless of the results. Results will show in the end. They always do. Just be patient with yourself and accept that you have arrived to the boundaries of your comfort zone which you are about to cross. It is okay to be afraid. It is okay to be nervous. It is okay to ask for help. It is okay to be shy. Once you are done – be proud! You will FEEL much better. And like I said, good things (even if they don’t always seem like good ones) will start to happen when you finally decide that you’ve had enough and you are going to build a fantastic business for you and your family. The feeling is incredible!

#6.  Fears have to go.
Fears is the #1 killer of any business.  As soon as you can release your fears, then you can move your business forward.

Below are a few fears that stop us from achieving our dreams along with ways to remove your fears forever!

– Fear of making mistakes
– Fear of losing money
– Fear of looking foolish in the eyes of their family
– Fear of FAILURE

Let’s cover these fears:

*  Fear of making mistakes:
Your job is  to let people know about your business and there are very little “mistakes” in marketing a business. So relax!

*  Fear of losing money 
Many people do not realize but the moment they open a home business, that is the moment they open huge home office tax deductions.  Focus on what you will gain.  Not only do you OWN your own business, you are learning many valuable marketing skills that will stay with you for the rest of your life!  You can never go wrong in investing in your future and your career.

*  Fear of looking foolish in the eyes of their family
I know sometimes we might have friends, relatives and associates who do their best to caution and discourage us about starting our own home business.  And that is fine.
Some of these people we love dearly however,  do they pay your bills? Are they in your head and heart? Do they live inside and build your dreams and aspirations? I don’t think so.
We’ve all heard the phrase: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”

Keep enjoying, and keep loving what you do. Be bold and determined and your success will not be denied!  Once you start achieving success, your family will have no choice but to come and join you in your business!


Fear of failure
Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.  – Louis Boone

Here is something that always works for me: Ask  the “what ifs” and start by looking at the worst things that could happen. Identify what’s the worst thing that can happen if the business fails. Thinking through the worst thing could help you get a feel for the risks involved, and whether you can handle the risks if and when it happens.

What is the worst case scenario.  
You build a small customers and refer a few consultants. You receive great home office deductions and you develop some great marketing and personal development skills. Can you live with that?

The other case scenario is that you build a GREAT customer base, you have excited and motivated consultants that are helping you sell and pushing you to new levels.  You also  receive GREAT home office deductions. Can you live with that?

We have discovered that one you actually plunge into a business of your own you will discover the happiness found in sweat equity and the building up of something that is YOUR business.  You are the BOSS and the CEO of our company.   There is freedom in being your own boss and having  complete control of your future.  This alone is priceless!

#7.  Stay  focused, consistent and persistent.
As we are working at home.  Sometimes it’s easy to lose our focus.
A vision board will help to keep you focused.  The focus will keep you working your business and if you stay consistent, and persistent you will be able to grow an incredible business.


#8.  Build Relationships & Support System.
Sometimes, you can’t do everything by yourself.  Find like-minded individuals who you can trust and know that you can lean on. Find people who can understand what you’re going through, and you know is on your side. A support network — whether your family, friends, people you meet in networking organizations, or virtual friends — can be your cheerleader encouraging you to continue with your path and celebrating all your successes, big and small. Your network can also be your anchor when the going gets rough. They can give you advice, open doors for you, or introduce you to people who can help you. More importantly, they can talk and listen to you when fear and doubts start to set in.