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"I can complain because rosebushes have thorns, or rejoice because the
thornbush has a rose....
It's all up to me."
to the Garden of Roses!
While attending my first Rally in 2003 I was
so incredibly inspired by the experience that while there I made the
commitment to become a Diamond Designer. I also named my future team the
Garden of Roses. It was the perfect choice for a number of reasons:
Like planting a garden, building our CH business is hard work. In the early
days we have to till the soil, prep the soil, plant, fertilize, water etc.
It takes an investment of not only hard work, time, but also a lot of
patience. When you are finished planting, you stand back and what do you
have? Is it a beautiful garden or a pile of dirt? When I’ve asked that
question to my Designers many say “a beautiful garden,” and I silently
giggle because I know it is with those designers that I have to work on
their patience! It is only with much time and patience, with continued
nurturing that a garden with grow. Our CH business is very much the same
thing. It may take several months to build your business and during that
time you are planting the seeds. Unfortunately, during that time you may not
see much for results while your business is growing. After planting a garden
with all the investment of time, sweat, and money one day you look out at
your garden and you see little sprouts popping out of the ground.
look at the sprouts and say “all this work and this is all I have to show
for it?” or will you look at the garden and say “with some more time, some
more fertilizer, water, and sun those little sprouts will become a beautiful
garden!” Your CH business holds the same principles. And remember, as your
garden grows you have to keep working in it, not all the seeds you plant
will come up, some that do will die, and there will occasionally be some
weeds to pull. In your CH business some prospects will never book, some
hostesses will cancel and sometimes we have to change our habits, work on
our attitude, and build new booking circles instead of asking the same
people to do business with us.
Just like a rose, you need to continue to feed your business with training,
and with hard work you can be very successful. Just like planting a garden
you have to invest all the hard work needed when you first start, you have
to keep working at it and you have to be patient.
Here is a great quote: "Where there is no gardener, there will be no
-- Stephen Covey
In his book First Things First, Covey tells the story of a busy
executive who asks a landscaper to put together a garden that is
self-perpetuating. The landscaper answers profoundly:
"If someone isn't
tending to it, you can't have a garden!"
want our lives, and our CH business, to resemble a garden -- full of
beautiful roses and free of weeds -- we must tend to them and take care of
Who is the gardener? You are. The truth of the matter is that we get the
cultivate. When we work hard in our gardens, planting, fertilizing and
pulling weeds, the
results are magnificent. When we neglect our gardens, we find them overrun
As you begin your business remember that it's up to you to get out the
trowel. Grab the
fertilizer. Put on the knee pads. It is time to work on the gardens of our
some seeds by writing your talk to list, fertilize your business by taking
advantage of all the training and support provided by CH and the Garden of
Roses Web Pages. Pull a few weeds by breaking a bad habit or two, discard
your fear of failing, and dedicate time to tend your business. Over time,
your business will be blooming.
"A certain man planted a rose and
watered it faithfully and before it blossomed, he examined it.
He saw the bud that would soon blossom, but noticed thorns upon the stem and
he thought, "How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so
many sharp thorns? Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose,
and just before it was ready to bloom... it died.
So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like
qualities planted in us at birth, grow amid the thorns of our faults. Many
of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects.
We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect
to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our
Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it
to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can possess is to be able to
reach past the thorns of another, and find the rose within them. "