How the PATH Helped Me
Andrea A., a consultant from Spokane, WA, shared her experience with the PATH with us for our consultant newsletter. We could only include a shortened version in the newsletter, so we wanted to share her whole response with you here! Take a look at how the PATH helped Andrea in her business!
“I’ve just finished the PATH (still working on Ignite 90) and I am thrilled that I was able to be a part of this launch. I’m a fairly new consultant who signed up in January, did a few training sessions with my mentor, then decided to give this business my full commitment by making the 12 hour drive to convention with a baby in tow! I was ecstatic at the release of PATH and was eager to start the moment I got home.
While I had done a few parties before convention, and had a few planned for after convention, I was still running into personal stumbling blocks. I was always very nervous during my presentations, avoided presenting the consultant opportunity, and felt like each of my hosts were doing a favor for me. I had absolutely NO host coaching, and while my parties were okay most of the time, I was still having more busts then I’d like. I was getting discouraged in my efforts because I was so focused on advancing in rank and making commission checks. I think my focus on numbers and statistics subconsciously carried over into my events.
To make matters worse, when I did make sales at parties, I would freeze up when it came time to input the order online. I was terrified of making mistakes so I would hesitate and put off ordering. If there was someone who was interested in the product but didn’t immediately order at a party, then they were often lost in the cracks because I mentally refused to do follow up. All of my parties were still open because I was also afraid of doing party restock orders and host benefits! Of course, being the proud lady that I am, I rarely asked for help. Basically, even with the amazing training and support offered by my upline,I felt like I was drowning and I knew it was my fault. Then came the PATH.
The pride that kept me from asking for help and left me focusing on rank/commission also pushed me to complete the challenges and goals in the PATH. You put a reward at the end of that challenge and I will attack it full force! So it was with the PATH.
The first section, “Your Why,” stunned me. I really started to explore why I started this business. It wasn’t the money that I was so strongly focused on, but personal development. I was feeling unfulfilled, with my full potential hanging in front of me practically taunting the person I felt stuck as. As I wrote out my WHY, I had tears in my eyes of both sorrow and joy. I was coming to terms with the fact that I was less than happy, but I KNEW in my soul that Thrive Life would help me change that. I also knew that I would be able to help others who were quietly stuck in the same situation I was.
Then I hit “Next.” I was prompted to share this with my Mentor and my Path Pal, my husband. Honestly, I almost clicked back and changed my WHY to be less personal and open, but I didn’t. I knew that I had to let go of the pride that kept me from seeking the help and support of others. I clicked “Share” instead. I went upstairs and talked to my husband for a few hours. Rather than ignoring or shunning me, my mentor and my husband became my biggest cheerleaders!
I continued down the PATH, taking each step slowly. I watched the “ordering host benefits” and “party supply” videos three or four times each before I tackled it for the first time, with my mentor’s number on speed dial. I contacted a few friends who I knew would benefit from and succeed in this business. I was turned down by one, but I was able to lift up another who recently found her family in need of some extra income and food storage. I worked on following up after parties; some people ignored my emails and calls, but the result was more bookings and Qs. I might even have a $1000 dollar Q in the works for next month! Slowly, I am getting better at presenting, and I’ve started talking to EVERYONE about the opportunities in hosting and consulting!
When I switched my WHY from earning cash to helping myself and others succeed in life, things became much simpler. I still have quite a few struggles, but I am taking each one as a new challenge towards becoming the person I want to be. I have even started looking into how I can give back to my community through donations of food and funds. I am so grateful for the inspiration the PATH has given me, and I look forward to helping others on it.”