Last week I wrote a blog about Facebook after the band me for life from advertising on my business page. They never gave me a reason for this lifetime sentence. You can read about it here to catch up: Does Facebook Control Your Business?
First of all I must say, I was doing very well advertising my business on Facebook including booking lots of parties, getting a lot of one on one appointments, which lead to lots of Loyal Customers and was signing up new distributors on a regular basis. It was easy and I could do it right from my computer, which was why I put so much time, money and effort into building readership of my page. I wanted it to work and be easy and I accomplished that goal.
After being band from advertising I decided to look into Google Adwords Express. I created a ad, picked a budget and submitted it to Google and it was approved. A few days later in the middle of the night, emails started coming in from Google saying that my ad was on hold because they felt our replicated website was making false claims, which it isn’t. I got a series of emails over about 5 minutes and the final one said my website was banded and I could never advertise the address ever again. I was trying to sleep and couldn’t even respond to what they were saying. All I could think was “This is unbelievable!”
Wow! What was going on? I knew I wasn’t doing anything wrong so maybe someone was targeting our company, It Works! Global. It was happening on Facebook. No one in my company can post our websites because Facebook believes they are “Spam”. This started last year some time. This kind of thing starts to happen when a company has explosive growth and has a product that is over the top popular like ours does.
For two weeks I didn’t have any business…zero…nadda…nothing! In a month that I was hoping to promote and get a huge bonus, my business had flat lined!
I had gotten comfortable with all the business I was getting from Facebook and that was where my focus was. Not a smart idea, in retrospect. When I got blocked from Google Ads I started to think that maybe the Universe was trying to tell me this wasn’t for me and I should quit the business. When you get that many road blocks so quickly it could be a sign. I wasn’t getting any business and I was being stopped ever direction I turned. Maybe quitting was what I should do.
Ah, but I am not a quitter! I am also very stubborn. Don’t tell me no, don’t tell me I can’t so something because my mode of operation is to rebel. I believe there are multiple solutions to every problem and no one is going to stop me when I am on a mission. I become even more unstoppable when someone or something is saying “no”.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do but I knew I had to refocus and not look at what wasn’t working. When you look at what isn’t working you just create more of what isn’t working. If I did that, I might as well just quit.
So I changed my mindset away from the not working, away from lack consciousness and toward what I knew was possible and I asked the universe to show me the way. I am in a business that is exploding, people want what I have and I just need to find those people. Sounds easy enough.
As soon as I shifted my thinking to seeing the possibilities, my phone started ringing. People were calling me from no where, to sign up to be customers, to have parties and to buy Body Wraps. In the first several days I sold 15 wraps when in the two weeks before that I had sold zero. People were calling me to become business partners in my business and they were finding me on Google and I wasn’t paying anything! People I had talked to in the past were following up with me. I was getting messages from my Facebook business page without advertising at all. Google and Facebook were saving me money and my business was alive.
The other thing I started doing was jumping for joy and saying “Thank You” every time I got a new customer, sold a wrap, had a phone call about the business. Gratitude is magnetic and when you are grateful the universe sends you more of what you are grateful for. Now I was thanking Facebook and Google for blocking my way because I was seeing other ways to go.
Since I changed my mind doors have opened for me with new ways to grow my business that I hadn’t thought about before.
What I learned from the experience is when challenges show up look at them as opportunities for expansion. When you open up to possibilities magic happens. I think I had gotten so focused on working Facebook that I had shut down the possibilities that were out there waiting for me. It is one thing to focus and another to be so focused you miss seeing what might be available around you.
When you are open you will find that something better is always right around the next corner. Keep your eyes open for the magic!