I have had several Success Line members and other Origami Owl friends recently talk about having a slow down or stall in their Origami Owl career. Authors would call it “writer’s block”. Marathon runners would call it “hitting the wall”. My Origami Owl friends just call it frustrating. These Designers comes with a variety of experience, any where from two years to two months. And I can’t help but identify with them as I’ve struggled with this myself. Summertime is definitely a season where Designers are more likely to succumb to these feelings as it’s generally a bit slower during June, July and August as the kids are out of school and the focus turns to beaches, summer camps and vacation bible schools, etc. So what do we do? Here a few tips that might help you get through those down times to get you re-energized with your Origami Owl careers.
Take one step back to create two steps forward…
Sometimes it’s important to think back, look back and remember. Why did you start your Origami Owl journey? What inspired you? Who turned you on to the products? I sometimes go back through my Facebook page and look at the posts I first started with when I began my Origami Owl business. I started my O2 career essentially around the 4th of July almost two years ago. My first Jewelry Bar was completely unplanned, uncoached and unpredictable. I opened my starter kit surrounded by my two sisters, sister in law, mom and three nieces. I remember the oohs and aahs as we all opened the boxes and poured out the little charms. I can remember the “How cute is this?” and “Oooh, I love this!” that came from all that were there. I remember the joy of the moments and the excitement I felt about the products then. It helps me to look back at those memories and realize that the joy is still there and when I present the product to people who have never seen it, I should present it with that same enthusiasm as I did back then!
Remember your “Big Why”…
When I work with new Designers, I always ask them about their “Big Why”. It’s the reason they’re starting the Origami Owl journey. It could be a college fund, a desire to be debt free or a trip to Disney with the family. Regardless, when we start to stall, we sometimes forget our “Big Why”. I tell my Designers to take a day and create a vision board surrounding that “Big Why”. If it’s a new car, take time to find all the pictures of the one you want and print them and put them up somewhere. If it’s Disney with the kids, print pics of all of the places in the park you want to take them and put them up. That vision board should be in site from your desk or wherever it is you do your Origami Owl work so that you are constantly reminded of why.
Has a part time hobby become a full time job?
The saying of course is that “Hobbies cost you money and business make you money.” That’s true for certain. But that being said, sometimes people start the Origami Owl journey to be able to quit their full time job. However, if you’re not careful, Origami Owl can become just as demanding of a full time job as the one you left it for. Be sure to set limits. Creating office hours and/or set days off where your customers and team know you’ll be spending time with your family, etc. are important. Stick to them and spend that time doing what you’d like to be doing. Be excited about the fact that your journey has blossomed enough to be considered a career but don’t lose sight of the fact that if you let it consume you, it’ll be a career that produces a life that’s not any better than the one you had prior to Origami Owl.
Has a full time job become a part time hobby?
When many Designers start their Origami Owl journey, they go all-in. They’re fired up! They check their back office every day for new updates. They watch every video put out multiple times. They know the product backwards and forwards. They have TOMs in their purse and business cards in their wallet and they’re wearing their lockets every day. And then sometimes, things start to change… Think about yourself. Are you wearing your locket daily? Nothing starts Origami Owl based conversations more than Origami Owl product. And if you’re wearing the product, your conversations will not be forced or fake. Do you have TOMs with you on a regular basis? Saying, oh yes, we actually have this same locket in four different finishes is one thing. Showing someone all of those lockets in our beautiful, full color catalog is completely another. People are MUCH more likely to order from a catalog they can hold on to than a website that they MIGHT remember to visit. If you want your results to be business-like, you need to act like a business woman. Now that’s not saying that it’s not OK to work Origami Owl part time. But just don’t expect full-time results with part-time efforts.
Time block a little “me time” throughout the week…
The demands that come from having a family and a job can be overwhelming but be sure to plan some time during your day and week that are set aside just for you. Love on your kids, love on your significant other and love on your team but be sure to love on yourself some as well. Whether it’s 30 minutes a night that you spend reading a book or an occasional massage or mani/pedi be sure to take the time to re-energize yourself. And once you set that time, hold to it. Find an accountability partner who will ask you how much you enjoyed that time and stay with it.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Reach out to those around you in your Origami Owl family. We’ve all gone through it and you’re one phone call, text or Facebook message away from an uplifting conversation that may change a lot in your outlook. Some Designers have told me, “I was afraid you’d be disappointed in me.” The exact opposite!! And if for any reason you’re not getting the support you need from the person you’re reaching out to, find someone else!! Support comes from all people in all methods in a variety of ways. But those people can’t help you if you don’t ask so don’t be afraid to let others know you’re struggling. There is power in numbers and together we can all achieve more!
It’s OK to stall…
In the end, we can’t all be expected to be 100% Origami Owl, 100% of the time. If you’re reading this and you’re saying, “This isn’t me..” I can tell you that it may be you at some point and that’s OK. If you’re reading this and you’re saying, “This is totally me…” that’s OK too! It happens. And it doesn’t matter. All that matters is how you get through it! I hope that the tips listed above can help you move forward with your Origami Owl journey. Should you need someone to talk to or reach out to, please know that I’m here for you as well. Please don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com Here’s to all of us moving forward and putting our Origami Owl “Jeeps” in drive!