This November, we will celebrate our 10 year anniversary with Scentsy. Ten years seems like such a long time to me especially when this is never what I set out to do with my life. Even though this wasn’t my plan, here we are, almost 10 years later, still loving what we get to call our “job.”
But if I’m honest, I haven’t always loved this work. It’s been extremely difficult at times to stay motivated in the day to day grind of sharing the opportunity and selling and coaching hosts and leading a team. But I know it’s not just my job that gets mundane at times. Once you’ve done any one thing for a period of time, it can become pretty ordinary and start to feel stagnant.
I don’t want to do work that I’m not passionate about and I’m guessing you don’t either. I don’t want to give my all to something when I myself am lacking the inspiration to get things done. I’ve tried lots of things to remedy this lack of inspiration over the years. We’ve attended countless trainings, listened to mentors, sought out new and exciting ways to grow our business. We went through a season where we literally changed the way we did everything in hopes of finding some fresh motivation behind new methods. Some of those things worked and some of those things just found me more overwhelmed and uninspired.
The only thing that has brought me back time and time again to a place of inspiration, self-motivation, and positive growth in my business is rest.
Yes, you read that right, simply rest.
All the good work we have to offer the world can be increased and multiplied by rest.
I know that rest sounds counterintuitive. If I lack motivation and inspiration, shouldn’t I work harder to find that? Not necessarily. Sometimes you just need rest from the good work you’re doing.
One of the major problems with direct sells I see these days is that because of the way it works (i.e. sales, sponsoring, building and leading a team, etc) your work can never end. You can literally work as many hours a week as your heart desires on your business. Go, go, go, go, don’t miss the momentum, don’t miss the call, don’t miss the opportunity, don’t miss the chance to learn. Those are all good things, but most things are good i moderation, not excess.
The never ending work day, work week, work month and work year slowly snowballs into burn out. I have seen more leaders leave direct sales over burn out than for any other reason.
And that’s where we circle back around to rest. Rest is the place where you’re reminded of why you do what you do and what it is you’re working towards anyways. Rest is the place where you remember who you are and what you have to offer the world. Rest is the place where you breathe and eat and fellowship and play. Rest is where inspiration and motivation is re-birthed.
But what is rest?
It is not sleep or idle time in front of the tv or scrolling social media. It’s really the opposite of all 3 of those things. Rest is finding peace in a chaotic world. It’s re-connecting with you are and the things and people that you love. It’s being disconnected from the big and re-connected with the small. So how do you find rest in our busy, busy world? Here are some simple ideas to help get you started:
1. Set work timelines
Everyday, before the day begins, I prioritize my 3 big wins for the day, and set a stop time on my work. What doesn’t get done within the timeline of the workday, simply doesn’t get done. This helps in several areas of my business. First of all, it helps me identify the most valuable tasks in front of me and helps me make them a priority for the day. Because I’ve set a timeline for my workday and 3 big wins, I’m focused on getting those 3 things done within the timeline and I become more productive…less time scrolling Facebook or shopping on Amazon, or answering texts or calls that may interrupt my tasks for the day.
This seems so simple, but when you “work” in an environment where you can literally work all hours of the day, it’s easy to just keep going. But you need to stop. Hold true to your timeline, and stop working. Texts, Facebook messages, emails, phone calls, they can all be tended to later when you’ve set aside some time to work. Don’t let your phone rule your life. Stop working and be present.
(If you’re thinking you can’t do this because you’ve always been available, let people know that you aren’t always going to be available and why. They’ll adjust to your lack of constant availability, and they may even respect you more for setting some boundaries.)
3. Take care of you
Taking care of you looks different for all of us. For me, working out, cooking dinner, having my family around the table, praying, putting my phone away, reading, playing with my kids, journaling, painting my nails, having a glass of wine, sitting outside, dating my spouse, traveling, visiting with friends….and the list goes on….these are all ways that I take care of me. All of the above listed items are things that bring me joy and restoration and peace. They calm down my always running mind and allow me to focus on the things I love the most about my life, my faith, and my family.
4. Put away your phone
This may be the biggest challenge for all of us. We have become hyper connected to the world around us. Some people think that because we have a phone, we should be available at a moment’s notice to respond to a text or answer a phone call or check Facebook or instagram or twitter or snapchat, or read an email. But it’s not true. Just because you have a phone you can carry in your pocket, doesn’t mean you have to carry it in your pocket all the time. Part of finding rest is learning how to disconnect from the things that don’t truly matter and re-connect with the things and people that do truly matter. I have been known to have my head in my phone while watching my kids play outside. I have been known to say “just a minute” to my kids while I finish a post or a comment or response to a text. We’re all guilty of those things. And honestly, the phone issue doesn’t go away unless we intentionally make a conscious effort to change the way we view our availability. Simply put it away. Plug it in in your room while you’re making dinner or leave it in the car while your kids are playing at the park, or set “no phone” hours in your house. Do what works for you, but put it away.
5. Remember who you are
Often our constant focus on the bottom line and our progress in our work can consume us. I have found that remembering who I am and the talents and interests that I’ve had for almost all of my life, make me a better business owner and leader and parent. Ask yourself these questions:
What did I love to do as a child? What did I want to be when I grew up? What are 10 things I would do with a free afternoon and no other obligations?
The answers to those questions may seem irrelevant, but they aren’t. They reveal a lot about who you are, what you believe, and what you were created to do on this Earth. For example, as a child I loved to write and dance and explore and hike and play hide and seek. Many of those things I didn’t do for years. But re-discovering those gifts and talents and interests created a new inspiration in my business and my work day.
I’ve loved to write since I was a little girl. I have journals filled with words and dreams and lists and goals and plans, but I wasn’t actively using writing in my business. Now, writing has become part of the way I communicate with my team and leaders and potential customers. I have re-structured my work day to include writing as one of the ways I work my business.
Remembering who we are may seem silly and unnecessary and very un-business like, but getting to the root of who you are and what you love to do and finding rest in doing things you actually enjoy doing can rejuvenate and refresh your business in ways you never thought possible.
I don’t want you to burn out. No matter what field of business you’re in, no matter what your job is, there are ways to find renewed strength and passion for whatever it is you call your work. The first step to getting there is by finding rest.