The Power of Example
*This article was featured in the 22nd Edition of dōTERRA Essential Leadership Magazine*
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” –Leonardo da Vinci
The Need for Inspiration
Inspiration is something we, as a whole, do not lack in doTERRA. Every day we find new ways to push past our own resistance to move forward in our businesses and do the things that need to be done. The challenge instead lies in how we continue to inspire others and teach our teams to do the same. Perhaps more importantly, how do we continue to inspire ourselves, especially on those days when our get-up-and-go is looking more like a give-up-and-sleep?
To get to the bottom of what inspires you, ask yourself: What do you tell yourself when you have those less-than-awesome moments? Who do you call for help? Why do they inspire you? How do they help you find your light again? Is there somewhere specific you go when you feel like this? Breaking down your inspiration into smaller pieces can help you identify what qualities you desire or feel you are lacking personally. Maybe you reach out to a fellow leader that has always inspired you because they know just what to say to help you find your way back to yourself. Or maybe it’s a family member that gives you that little bit of tough love to reignite that flame inside.
I find inspiration in my husband, Brien, a service connected disabled Army veteran, and our four-year-old son, Daen, every day. If not for them, I wouldn’t push myself as hard as I do. doTERRA itself has also been incredibly inspiring for me. The Free to Give program is giving my family even more tools that we need to live the life we desire, so that we can share even more of that abundance with others. We all have inspirational moments like this that build up to an arsenal we can utilize to help inspire our team.
Whenever I am struggling with something, my first thought is to create some kind of training on it to help me both overcome it and teach my team. Most recently, a number of my teammates wanted more insight on how to get people to show up to their events. This was something I was definitely facing problems with. In April of this year, I moved to a new area. The community where we live in the White Mountains of Arizona is fairly small. This experience is dramatically different from when my family and I lived in my heart’s home of Colorado. I was doing all the usual steps to get people to my classes, but attendance was still lackluster.
So, with all those obstacles in the way, how did I create training for my team? I had to take a step back and really look at things from a critical perspective. I ended up finding new angles and ways I could reach out to people and get butts in seats. Those ideas and moments inspired me because I knew that my team would be able to have an “aha” moment when I shared them and press on. Isn’t it beautiful how in our own adversity and setbacks, we can find exactly what it is we need, if we only look for it? Implementing and taking action on those things we can shift makes all the difference. I had four people attend the class I held after I created that training. Sometimes the things we need to inspire us come from the least obvious places.
Lead by Example
As leaders, we are constantly looking at ourselves under a magnifying glass, looking at ways we can improve ourselves. At the same time, we are finding new ways we can encourage and inspire our team to do the things that are going to explode their businesses beyond their wildest dreams. Personally, I am a content creator. I love to create tools, trainings, videos, and other materials that my team can utilize as resources to move forward with when I’m not immediately available.
But, after having created this training about classes, I’m also learning that sometimes example is our most powerful inspirational tool. While we can share about books that inspire us, and talk about seminars, boot camps, and success trainings, and even write a book about oils—none of these things matter if my team doesn’t see me teaching classes. Regardless of your rank, seeing you teaching is what inspires your team to keep teaching classes, and classes are the lifeblood of our business. I know when I see photos on social media of other leaders in doTERRA teaching classes, it inspires me, because it gives us all the opportunity to see ourselves doing the same basic activity. Share photos of your classes. I can promise you it’s a super big deal, especially for your team.