This time two weeks from now Brandon (my husband and I) will be half way into our company’s yearly incentive trip! This will be my third incentive trip I have earned with my company (if you include the SuperBowl). Once I came home from my first trip last year I told Brandon, “I will never miss the opportunity to go on another one!” It is an amazing perk that Direct Sales companies don’t have to offer, and some companies even offer more than one a year! Why wouldn’t you want to spoil someone in your life and yourself for a job well done? Trips were never even a “thing” when I worked in the corporate world. Let me tell you, before last year when we went to Maui for our first trip, I didn’t know I was so motivated by trips. I think trips are a part of my love language!! I love recognition but WOW this is the ultimate experience ever! They say if it is important you will find a way and I will ALWAYS find a way from here on out. These trips are not only something I look forward to but now something Brandon looks forward too. EEEKKKK I cannot wait to be on an island with gorgeous water, a fruity drink, free drinks might I add and to celebrate daily other people that have killed it this last year also! No matter what company you work for, most make it attainable and WANT people to earn the trips. Shoot my company this year has come out with even more ways to earn points to earn next year’s trip!!! It benefits them, because you are motivated, have a goal and are keeping your momentum up and it benefits you; well, for all the same reasons. You are making money, commissions, and working towards this awesome goal of (for the most part) a completely free vacation. FOR SOME this is a vacation they never would have been able to afford or go on! To me that is freaking amazeballs!
What does that look like and why do you want to go on these trips? Well I can’t tell you what it will be like in the Dominican until I get back but Maui in 2016 was amazing. It was breakfasts, dinners, drinks, mingling with home office staff, the executives that make the decisions for the business and it was networking, meeting people that come from completely different back grounds than you do and still earned and accomplished this similar goal. It is hanging out with friends that you might have met and built a relationship with solely online. I have been looking forward to hanging with some friends that aren’t even on my team but they are my battle buddies and accountability tribe! Incentive trips are getting recognized daily with fun swag, SO MUCH SWAG, words of affirmation and HELLO being in paradise! It’s amazing! Plus you feel like a total badass and look like a badass to your team, your friends and your family!
What about that sounds terrible!? Is it the being a badass, free drinks, hotel, travel, time away from real life, a vacation you probably desperately need, time with your spouse that you never seem to get at home, maybe time away from mom life or is it the part that you have to grow by networking and making new friends? Yeah you’re right none of that sounds, horrible. If you think it does, you have already talked yourself out of why you shouldn’t be earning your companies trip for next year. If you say you don’t need a vacation, a trip, time with your loved one you have already given up on yourself or if it’s not a goal for you really sit down and thing WHY, because I don’t know many people that can’t use a vacation, a free vacation. I mean really, can you really say you don’t need a vacation!? If you can then kudos to you, you have built the life that everyone has imagined a life where every day is a vacation. If you are thinking, “hell yeah I need a vacation”, then you have one thing to do and that’s to get after it! Figure out how to break down your company’s trip and use that as your business plan and your goal! Remember they build the trip so that you are working your business consistently; so working towards it won’t hurt your business it will only be a benefit.
My biggest tip is to set a goal every month for the points or requirements you need and STAY out in front of those monthly minimums as much as you can so you aren’t cramming in points last minute! That is never fun and you end up usually more burnt out then excited about earning the trip. The more you can get your family on board with this goal the better also! My husband pushes me and checks in now because he wants to go on the trip TOO!! If you have kids, look into taking them on the trip if you haven’t taken a family vacation because then they will understand when you are crunching for those points. Celebrate with them when you hit milestones for the trip, allow them put stickers on your tracker, mark off your requirements and get them involved! Make it fun for everyone and I am telling you, once you go on one you will never want to miss one!!
See you next year in Puerto Vallarta because like I said I will never miss out on another one!