Whenever you are learning a new skill, it pays to practice that skill often. Laurence Cosse wrote in A Novel Bookstore “There is nothing more difficult to master than repetition. If you do it badly, it’s clumsy, stupid. When it’s well done, it’s like a little echo, like waves, poetry itself.” Successful networkers agree that success depends on getting very good at a few skills. Of course, it looks overwelming to a new distributor, but with commitment to mastery, anyone can learn the art of sales and sales management and build a successful team. But, mastery requires repetition. I repeat, mastery requires repetition.
One of the skills I have been working on is from Peter Mingil’s Making Sales or Excuses Training. It’s called 20 Creative Possible Solutions and you can read about it here and here. Today’s obstacle will likely resonate with most overworked moms with kids who haven’t yet assumed the responsibility for their share of the housework. Anyone? Am I alone here? I don’t think so. The objective of the exercise is to brainstorm ideas. Everyone’s list will be different because the purpose of the exercise is to be creative and explore your own unique solutions to perceived obstacles. Over time, with repetition, this exercise hones the critical skill of problem solving that every business owner knows.
Problem: No one helps me around the house
Question: How do I get help around the house so I have time to commit to a business?
1. Have your kids watch the opportunity presentation so they know what you are doing.
2. Have your family make a list of what they would like to do or have id they had an extra $50, $100, $500 a month to spend.
3. Draw out a chart with all the responsibilities of the house on the chart an decide on a fair age-appropriate distribution of chores.
4. Pair kids with each other and teach them to cheer for the other when he gets work done and checked off.
5. Take music suggestions from the person who completes his/her chores first with excellence and play his/her music choice first next cleaning day.
6. Assign dinner to a “meal manager” and let them pick the meal. The “meal manager picks the meal (from an approved list) and serves as the group encourager cheering on others while they chop and stir.
7. List chores that can be done monthly rather than weekly for a while and lessen the weekly burden.
8. Organize a cleaning party with another family on alternating Saturdays. The kids go help clean the neighbor’s house while you do business and next week the neighbors kids come to your house to clean.
9. Recruit a young college student who will owrk for you for free and agree to help them find 3 people in their business.
10. Hire a maid.
11. Rent out a room to a college student in exchange rent for housework.
12. Make a jar with marbles in it. Label that jar with chores. Make another jar with the family’s dreams: vacation, car, clothes, macbook, etc. Recruit the family to do a chore and transfer a marble into the dremas jar. marbles can be color=-coded to each family member. Teach them their help has a direct impact on achieving their dreams.
13. Connect a chore to activites that are already happening: clean room before sitting down for breakfast or put clothes away before sitting down for dinner.
14. Have daily chores that lead up to weekly cleans, for example, assign a 10-minute chore for Monday, another 10-minute chore for Tuesday. A floor can be mopped, a window can be cleaned, even a small bathroom can be cleaned in under 10 minutes with intention.
15. Offer to help when you can and say “I am offering to help. It feels good when you help me, too. Thank you.”
16. Be thankful for everything that is done even if you expect it.
17. Recognize that enthusiasm wanes and expect to have motivational conversations often. Revisit the “why” on a regular basis.
18. Change chores so everyone gets to do different chores. Even have kids clean a bedroom that isn’t their own occasionally.
19. Make a chore list and let everyone pick their 1st choice, then their 2nd choice, etc, until all the chores have been chosen.
20. Expect that it will be you who will be cleaning toilets and be ok with that. If you can’t clean toilets, see #10.
Before you think I do all of this, I will tell you I don’t and I didn’t. I did some of it and I wish I had done some of it. The purpose of this exercise is to stretch my creative brain. What ideas can you come up with when you do this exercise?