There isn’t a successful home based business team leader who hasn’t gained experience in overcoming obstacles. Challenges and obstacles in our businesses are just part of the territory. Teammates quit, product lines are discontinued, companies end up in bankruptcy, and companies close, but the leaders keep leading.
I’m sure you’re aware of the buzz in the industry about EIRO Research shutting down leaving their distributors to face the obstacles of starting over.
My blogging mentor and clever marketer, Ty Tribble, is a great example of using team leadership skills to overcome obstacles so elegantly this past week. I see him on facebook, supporting his team. Posting updates on his blog, and hosting calls to answer questions and help the people he’s leading.
I am not on Ty’s team or in his company. But I know many of my readers are because of my guest blogging appearances on Ty’s blog and my blog’s critique in Ty’s MLM Blog Code bonus webinar. I’m writing this for you…
[box]”In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~Albert Einstein[/box]
Leaders use the energy of fear and anger to create momentum to overcome obstacles:
When you are facing a huge obstacle of knowing everything you’ve worked for is instantly at risk, and you are hit with that uneasy feeling of foreboding your belief gets tested in ways you cannot even imagine.
There is a moment of thought, “How can this be happening?” “What does this mean for me?” For most people this moment becomes paralyzing.
There is fear, disbelief, and anger.
But for leaders, in spite of the fear, this moment becomes a catalyst for massive movement, leading to massive momentum. Their success mindset helps them find the strength to overcome obstacles.
My husband and I were comforting our oldest daughter this past weekend, after she was deeply disappointed about something she was hoping for. She had a feeling of entitlement, that because she’d worked for it, hoped for it, and done what was required, she should have it. But circumstances beyond her control “changed the rules.” She was angry.
We were trying to comfort her, yet help her handle the situation more maturely, and my husband and I started to tell her a story…
It was a humid hot and sticky Wednesday, in August of 1996, when we received our first major test of faith and leadership in our marriage. I was 22, he was 25 and we had only been married for a year. I was still in school and he was working as a funeral director in a very small town near by. We were living completely paycheck to paycheck, riddled with school loans and two car payments.
We dreamed of a bigger life, a home, a family, and it didn’t seem possible on the income he was earning so he decided to switch professions. We worked hard, typing resumes on a word processor I used in school, lining up interviews, and after several months, he got a job.
Knowing he wouldn’t get vacation time for a year, he took two weeks off between jobs and we spent the time traveling and entertaining his grandparents (burning through any extra income we had because we knew the “big bucks” were coming two weeks later.)
He was to start his new job on a Monday, and the Wednesday before, he received a phone call from his new employer telling him that the job had been eliminated and they would not be needing him. Our bridges were burned, his previous employer had already replaced his position, and we had that feeling of foreboding I mentioned a few paragraphs above.
I cried, wanted to throw up, couldn’t believe what was happening to us. I sat at our hand-me-down kitchen table, wishing our apartment was in the cool basement instead of the third floor because my husband had turned off our window air conditioner to save money.
I was tired from crying and trying to get up the nerve to call my dad to tell him I was going to quit school so I could go get a job, when something clicked inside of me. An intense feeling of empowerment. “Who are we to let them run our lives this way? We don’t need that job…there are other jobs.”
We went to the library (before the Internet was in the picture for me) and we copied page after page of phone numbers of companies in the field he was getting into. We started calling them one by one, asking if they had any openings. I was feeding him numbers and quarters, as he dialed the pay phone in the lobby of he library.
He got a job that day. One that paid more than he was going to make, had better benefits, and gave him more opportunities for growth than the company he was going to go to. He still started on Monday.
There are three secrets to overcoming obstacles and turning your teams into fulfilled dreams:
- Turn your fear and/or anger, about the obstacles in your way, into energy and determination.
- Stick together and know you’re going to get through these obstacles and end up better on the other side.
- Work your butt off when the right opportunity presents itself.
Stay focused on your goals and get determined about successfully handling obstacles in your path!
[box]”Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~ Henry Ford[/box]
You may have “business venture vultures” circling around you right now, trying to get you to join their companies by dissolving your belief. Don’t listen to them! Huddle together, hold each others hands, and know that together you are stronger and that together you are better at successfully handling obstacles that come your way. Keep your focus on your dreams, not the problems that surround you in the moment. If you focus on the problems you might miss the possibilities!
Trust your leader and lead your teams.
Leaders like Ty Tribble, know that success is not about a company, their products, or the compensation plan. It’s about people, teamwork, and belief. Overcoming obstacles like this will make any team stronger, if you stick together!