Jovani Valenti, Originally Published on Beautifully Wise with Jovi ©2017
Let me let you in on a little secret about Power Hour, IT IS MORE THAN JUST ONE HOUR! If you want your business to have success and you want to be taken seriously, I am sorry, you need to be doing more than just one hour of work per day for your business. Do not get me wrong, I love the concept of Power Hour because it helped give me guidance on what the heck to do with my time. I was able to get laser-focused on tasks. Power Hour allowed me to focus on the four main areas of my business (host coaching, booking leads, recruiting leads, and customer follow-up) but I also realized that if I wanted to grow, I needed to do this hour more than once in my day. I found myself annoyed because I was told just do Power Hour….yeah OKAY! The person who told me that knew very well they did not get the success they had by only working one hour in the day. I felt deceived.
Once I got over the whole, I was lied to thing, I realized that Power Hour was essential to the success of my business but I also knew that it meant I had to do Power Hour more than once in the day. The other thing that was a rude awakening was when I had kids. After my children came along, I could no longer do Power Hour in one sitting. I had to do it in pockets of time. Let me backtrack a bit, basically, the concept of Power Hour is that you spend 15 minutes on each of the tasks I mentioned above: host coaching, booking leads, recruiting leads, and customer follow-up. Before my kids, I could do that in one full hour sitting. I would then take a break and then get back at it for another hour. In total, I did this about 4-6 times and worked a total of 4-6 hours a day on my business. If I was really on fire, I did this maybe 8-10 times a day…the sky was the limit because I was my own boss (oh that concept needs its own blog LOL). My point is that in order to have real success, I had to work more than just one hour a day on my business and THAT was not the schedule I was sold when I joined networking marketing/direct sales/multilevel marketing (whatever people are choosing to call it these days). I quickly burned out because first of all, I was not properly taught Power Hour and wherein this Power Hour does it show what you do when you become a LEADER!!! Oh yeah, hello team no sleep! The concept of Power Hour is great if you are just working alone. It does not factor in the time it takes to train others in order to help them have the same success as you. This is a harsh reality and this is why people tend to burn out and quit. No one teaches time management. You start with this fire inside of you that keeps you working for what feels like 24 hours a day but you don’t care because you are going to CHANGE LIVES. With that kind of schedule you burn out and QUICK!
There needs to be balanced. I often found myself taking pictures of myself at the nail salon and captioning the photo with, “Relaxing and working my business.” What the HELL?!! I don’t know about you but the spa, the nail salon, the hair salon, the beach, the pool etc. those are sacred places and you should be basking in the glory and relaxation of being there….not trying to prospect someone and be glued to your phone. You know what you should be doing at these sacred places…maybe nothing, maybe read a book or wait how about you actually talk to someone in person. The horror what is this concept you speak of Jovani, people don’t speak anymore we text, email, put up a status! It is important to take a moment for yourself and just take a break. Taking breaks is essential to you and your business because it will keep you in your business longer so you can continue to help others as well as change lives. Do not be fooled by the Power Hour concept. It is just that, a concept…an idea. It is a way to help you have balance and give you laser focused time so you do not burn out. I repeat, it is not just an hour if you want to quit your day job. I mean really people, what successful business only works one hour a day? Think about it.
Now that I may or may not have burst your bubble, where do you go from here? Well, create a schedule for yourself and make it what works for you. For example, I prefer to not spend only 15 minutes on follow-up. I like to do my follow-ups in an entire hour block of time because that is what works for me. Now that I have my children, I work long hours because my business works around my priority job which is being a mom. For example, today I woke up at 6 am and got sucked into the FB feed (I HATE that I do this but oh well), I then meditated, and then at 7 am here I was clicking away at the keyboard typing this blog post. Now, my Olivia is awake but thank God Paul is home so he is tending to her so I can continue. By 7:30 am or 8 am, my alone time that I choose to use for my businesses is over and mom duties begin. The next time I get to work again is during nap time IF they even take a nap. Yup, I said it sometimes my kids skip nap time. If I can work through nap time, I go on to the next tasks and I work on those for more than just 15 minutes because I don’t know the next time I will get a block of time to work. So if they nap for 1, 2, 3, or 4 hours (yup, that can happen they nap for 4 hours) I am working (personal development, finding new training, posting to my various groups, looking for new hostesses or people to join my team). Do you see how Power Hour is just a concept?! Nap time is over and now it is back to mom duty and the next block of time I have, I use to talk to my success partner (yeah, you need one of those too and then you need to find time to speak to that person). This happens at about 10 pm and then, she fires me up so I stay up working for another 2 hours maybe even three.
So you see, if you want to build a following…or be known for the business that you do Power Hour can’t be taken literally. It is not just ONE HOUR, it is multiple hours in your day but don’t forget that in between those multiple hours you also have to find time to be you. The you that is not a wife, a mother, a friend, or an entrepreneur. The you that is you just for you (I hope that made sense LOL).
*for a super easy to understand description of Power Hour please visit https://tinyurl.com/y9dj3w4v*
Disclaimer: This post is of my own opinion. I am in no way letting people know how they should run their business; I am sharing what I have personally learned from running my own businesses.