Handling life’s setbacks, disappointments and mistakes
Disappointments, setbacks, mistakes….I don’t want to call them failures, but I’ve been discouraged and feel I’ve failed my community this past week. In the learning curve of a new company I learned the hard way this past week. As my upline sponsor posted this big long post in our team facebook page and shared all of the 400+ members in our team’s sales for the month and how thrilled she was at our successes I frantically searched down the list and my eyes fell onto my consultant ID number and my heart dropped to the floor. There was no big CRUISE QUALIFIED behind my name and by my count the number was $1000 off! How could this be possible?! I wanted to crawl in a hole and hide. How could I have gone on a last minute live sale and implored my community to help me qualify and then report, woot, woot I did it guys only to find out days later that nope, nope, in fact Beckie, you did NOT. In reaching out and choosing to get better rather than bitter I learned that in the numbers generated in the weekly field report the costs I charge for shipping ARE factored into the “retail sales” number that determines if you “cruise qualify” in a month. So if the report reads $12,000 in retail sales I need to manually SUBTRACT from this number reported to me any shipping charges I billed to customers. I had no idea. Could I get upset and blame my leader, the home office, others, the poor reporting of the home office. Yep, I sure could and would that change anything or make me a better business person, nope.
To add insult on top of injury LuLaRoe is currently converting to a new point of sale system, which I converted to about 3 weeks ago when I had no open pop ups or invoices and could do a clean count and convert. This past weekend it also came to light that shipments I had been receiving (hundreds of new items) were not updating into this new system and in email correspondence with the home office I learned that I would have to physically recount all the hundreds items in my inventory and resubmit this information. I was in the middle of a sale with items packaged for shipment, customers waiting for invoices (of which I couldn’t send because the items that needed to be in my system to select from were not there), and items pulled from racks and bins that would have to be returned to do another count. Needless to say I have had a rough week. This is NOT a pity party, nor am I looking for your sympathy.
The purpose of this post is to be an encouragement to you and to be REAL with my community! I make mistakes, I have bad days, I get overwhelmed, discouraged! What we choose to do with these setbacks makes all the difference and seeing the growth opportunity is hard, but such a better route. I can already count the ways I am choosing to have this make me better, rather than bitter and upset! For one, it has kept me humble, which is difficult but beautiful when you choose to see the silver lining in it. Second, this has allowed me the opportunity to grow closer with my husband and involve him in helping me figure out the inventory conundrum and share my heartache. When I set out in LuLaRoe land I prayed that it’d strengthen our family, and although we’ve had some difficult days recently I can see the blessing it has brought in bringing us closer together as a team.
I hope this encourages you, that EVERYONE has setbacks, makes mistakes, get discouraged and disappointed, but how we move forward and keep our heads held high brings far better and lasting positive results than sulking, blaming and getting stuck in our pity party ever will. SO, here’s to earning that cruise! In this process I also learned I have to sell $12,000 6 out of 8 months this year to go on the cruise, so there’s still time to do it! LET’S DO THIS! Thanks for your unending support and love, my VIP community. If you’re not yet a member, click here. AND, if you want more encouragement and little life lesson chats I’d be so honored if you’d subscribe to my blog here! YOU ROCK!