Its so hard to stay “on” all the time. Between work, and family, and kids, and exercise, and friends, and goals, and yard work and that never-ending laundry…its so hard to keep up on a marketing plan. Its all fun and dandy in the beginning. Its exciting and motivating until….BUZZ.. the dryer is done and calling your name.
Believe me, I am just as guilty as you are as letting my marketing plans get pushed aside for so many reasons. I can give you the best advise and I won’t even follow it myself because well…its all about discipline and I think we all struggle a bit with that.
Think about it. Did you set goals at the beginning of the year? Did you make a dream board? Did you time block your marketing in your planner? Me too. Yet, off the wagon I fell and I fell hard! I have huge plans of finishing my book this year (did you even know I was writing one?). I have time blocked to write 1 blog post a week. I have a list of live training videos I want to record. Yet, there I sat, binge watching everything on Netflix I could find, probably, deep down, to avoid doing the hard work it takes to accomplish my goals.
There’s a little bit of fear that I have…the fear of success. I know it sounds dumb. But what if I really DO finish my book? Then what? What if I get called to do speeches and trainings. Or what if I don’t? Then what? There’s all sorts of excuses we all make for not taking those steps to accomplishing our goals.
Well… Just when you think no one is looking… you get a wake-up call. At least I did! A big one… actually 2 in about 2 week’s time!
First… I was at an event and I was complimenting someone on the great marketing she was doing. She was building a great presence, she was being consistent and I thought that was great. Then… she called me out. She probably didn’t realize she did, but she told me how I had motivated her to do all her marketing and politely said “when are you going to do another training”?
GULP~ I felt like an idiot! I had completely fell off the track and hadn’t even thought about getting back on! I had great excuses but none of them were good ones. I shook my head in shame (again, she probably didn’y even notice) and told myself… GIRL… get back up!
My second wake-up call came just last week. I ran into a colleague that made the jump and left his employer to start his own business. I was SO proud of him! I just knew he made the right decision and would be awesome. In the same breath of him sharing his news with me, he asked when I would be doing more trainings and when I would come speak to his new sales team. Again… my heart sunk a little. Here I had helped inspire him and then I stopped. Why would I do that?
My heart sunk because I had set out on a mission to help others and just when I didn’t know they were looking…I stopped. I made other things, unnecessary things a priority and I stopped helping others. How selfish!
These were the wake-up calls I needed!!! I have re-prioritized my weeks, I have scheduled time to write my blogs and do my training videos and I WILL DO THEM! I am tired of letting myself down.
And now I challenge you! What have you stopped doing that you need to climb back up and start doing again? Were you volunteering? Mentoring? Blogging? Posting motivational quotes? I challenge you to do something that you may not even know will effect people in ways you may never hear about. I dare you.
I’m also asking you, my followers, my support team, to hold me accountable. Call me out. If you don’t see a blog post or vlog or facebook live training, CALL ME OUT! I need that accountability.
And I promise, even though you may think no one is looking… someone is and they are thankful.
Keep up the good work and Happy Networking!