The first trait she identified was enthusiasm. It's not hard at this time of year to be fired up. Convention has us all on the edge of our seats, whether we are in SLC or not. But these ladies did not allow themselves to become discouraged. They surround themselves with positive people. They look at the long term and don't get derailed when they have a bad day.
The second trait was commitment. These ladies do what it takes. They throw all their resources at this--their time, their energy, everything--they give 100%, no holding back. They are goal-oriented and committed to doing what it takes to achieve that goal.
The third characteristic of Rising Stars, according to Ms. Jones, is their opportunistic outlook. They are constantly evaluating the situation to find the silver lining, the chance to boost their business, the opportunity to network. if something doesn't work, they will tweak it or toss it and try again. If there is a day, they will seize it.
The fourth trait is that they work intensely. There are no shortcuts. A Rising Star will tell you that very rarely does anyone hand out thriving businesses on a platter. The only magic bullet is that you are expending this precious resource (yourself) on something you think is important (sharing what you love). YOU are the essential ingredient to your business and there is no substitute for your own elbow grease.
And the final characteristic Ms. Jones identified was their creativity. Not necessarily in stamping, but in the way they ran their business, the way they fit SU into their busy lives, the new things they tried, evaluated, and kept or didn't keep according to effectiveness.
My challenge to you this week is to look at those five traits and identify areas of strength that you share with those Rising Stars. Then, identify an area in which you feel you are weak. For me it is the opportunistic outlook. I can often see the opportunity but fail to take advantage of it. Then, post a way in which you are going to try to strengthen that aspect of your "character" to better your business--or ask for help brainstorming a way to work out those unused muscles.
Dream BIG, friend!