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I legitimately feel like writing the title of this blog post is silly, like, it’s something that everyone should already know this. Duh, Holly, you think. Self care is important for everyone. I could not agree more with you, but as this blog is direct-sales centric, I’m going to focus on this topic. So let’s take five minutes and talk about three reasons why direct sellers should practice self-care.
Self-Care is Important Because Failure Happens
When I was young and naive in the world of direct sales, I knew that I could take over the world; I would be one of the female millionaires in the world of direct sales. I got my inventory, took photos, went live, shipped items all over the country, and waited in breathless anticipation of all the happy recipients. I got an email almost immediately, saying “Why would you send me used leggings? I am VERY upset.” Turns out, my poor friend was victim to one of the great leggings blowouts of 2016, and it was plagued with pinholes when she pulled them on.
Her feelings were 100% justified, and I would have been upset too, if I were in her shoes. There is 0% blame towards her here, but as the peddler of the product, I cannot even describe how mortified, ashamed, and embarrassed I felt. I had failed one customer. Doesn’t matter that all the others who received their goods at my launch loved them; the sting of that ONE failure still smarts a year later. I made it right; I found the same pair of leggings for her and it didn’t bust out. It was the first failure, and the first of many mistakes I’ve made (and made right) during my time as a direct seller. Not my first; definitely not my last.
Being able to practice self-care brought me perspective: like a toddler learning to walk, I fell down and made mistakes. I got up again, and kept going. But without a healthy step back, I couldn’t come to that conclusion.
Self-Care is Crucial for Maintaining Mindset
Mindset is everything when it comes to working in direct sales. In fact, I’d even say that any sales job is 90% mindset; 10% skill. A winner’s mentality is key to surviving the moments when people say that direct sales isn’t a real job (it IS a real job; it just looks different than the normal); or that it’s just a hobby (yes, the $50,000 or so worth of inventory I carry constitutes a hobby; sure). This helps you survive those who don’t want to buy your product (not everyone will), or those who say it’s crap (there are definitely those who will). It happens.
Self-care means being able to step back; take time for yourself. Take time to recover from frustrations, but ultimately, to take time to believe in yourself.
Practice Self-Care Because You Are Worth It
Direct sales taught me self-confidence. Direct sales taught me that I have skills that I never considered. I am more confident; I am more bold. I am more than enough.
I am not perfect, but I am worth investing in. Think of self-care as a way of investing in yourself. The saying goes that you can’t pour from an empty cup. Self-care is a way of refilling your cup so that you are renewed and able to mentor and love others. You are worth taking the time to step away from your business and take care of you.
Do you practice self-care? Have you made new year’s resolutions for your business? Maybe adding self-care might be a good addition. Check out my post on five new year’s resolutions to make for your business.