An amazing transformation
Louise explains how dealing with her demons helped her to progress her business.
What was your working background?
I had a background in HR and Office management – a job I fell into as I didn’t really know what I wanted to do – but I worked long hours and was very stressed and unhappy.
During this time I worked with a lady called Mandy. I used to think she was quite miserable at work (we laugh about this now), but after she left I noticed from her LinkedIn that she seemed to be really happy – this was a nice surprise and I was intrigued about what she was doing. I contacted her and asked for some more information; I felt able to trust her as she was very well-respected in the organisation that I worked in, and therefore I wasn’t skeptical. If someone like Mandy was building a business then I knew it must be an amazing company to work for.
What inspired you to sign up?
When I went to the Business Presentation in Area 10 (Milton Keynes, run by Maureen and Alvin) I just got excited – really excited. Clare was speaking and I just thought, “Yes: this opportunity is amazing!” and it was nice to think I could earn an extra couple of hundred a month from the business.
What impact has Forever had in your life?
My world over the last few years has completely transformed: I now live the most amazing life! Before Forever, times were very difficult – sometimes there wasn’t enough food in the cupboards – but also I realised that I was a really negative person, surrounding myself with very negative people. I also began to see this negativity in my son – obviously he was around me when I was very low and stressed, so he picked up those behaviours.
The money may have provided amazing things; I now live in an amazing home and drive a dream car, but it’s the impact it’s had on us as a family that’s most important. My three-year-old daughter, Vivi, is the happiest child I’ve ever met, and then I look at my son, Charlie, and how he’s transformed from how life was before – that’s something you can’t put a price on.
How did you deal with challenges you faced along the way?
I’d say that during the first two years of my business, fear caused me to take the ‘scenic route’. I didn’t think that someone like me would be able to build a successful business, I thought no-one would want to join my team, and I wouldn't make calls because I was scared of rejection. I didn’t think people would take me seriously, but I knew that if I wanted to build a successful business I had to make significant changes.
The first thing I had to do was work on my insecurities. It appeared to me that 99% of the business depended on mindset; if your head isn’t in the right place, you're going to struggle to build a business. Figuring this out and identifying my issues really enabled me the chance to move forward and I enrolled on a seven-day intense NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) course to help me rid those demons.
I made sure I stayed really focused on why I was doing this business in the first place: If I was making a call and I felt scared, I would simply think about my children – the reason I was doing it. Finally, I can also recommend two remarkable books: ‘The Secret’ and ‘Demystifying Success’.
All these elements contributed to me being able to combat the anxiety; when I started to believe in myself, things started to grow.
What advice would you give to FBOs working towards becoming Sapphire Manager?
Try not to get caught up on where the next 2CCs are going to come from or what the opportunity is going to give you. I’m really passionate about people. I love helping people so when someone joins my business I make sure it’s not about me and what I can get out of it; instead I focus on what I can do for them. Seeing someone who’d had no confidence or money, full of stress and desperate for change, join your business then transform within just a few months, really is priceless.
Focus on your team and the amazing people that you’re working with – your success will follow.