Welcome to our Transformational Business Success Story where I interview one of our very successful clients, Dhea Bartlett. Dhea is the Victorian State Sales Manager for Exotix Fashion Accessories. For the past 9.5 years, Dhea has been enjoying offering unique gift solutions for men and women and running fun events. Dhea is a great leader and enjoys seeing the growth and development of her fellow team members. She also enjoys experimental cooking, walking and reading books.
How was business prior to your transformation?
It was stagnant, just chugging along. It wasn’t growing and was beginning to regress – I could see the signs. If something didn’t change, it was all going to fall apart.
What were the biggest obstacles you needed to overcome in business?
I had to find the passion and desire again. What I fell in love with 10 years ago, I had to rekindle. Life issues and obstacles that had built up over the 10 years were blocking my whole life and business. My health was also deteriorating and was triggering other things.
You have made significant changes to the way you do business Dhea, can you tell us about your transformation.
I have changed me – I think I was burning out. Redefining my goals and getting clarity around them was important. Walking is now part of my life – it is the first thing I do! Because the passion and desire is back now the results are better. Introducing people to the business is happening again, sharing opportunities with them and expressing that desire. Before I was robotic when promoting my business, now it is real and now I believe it when I say it. I have an extra 6-8 consultants in the business in the past month compared to a maximum of only one a month (and that was at a push) prior to my transformation. The momentum is starting again.
To what extent has working with Qt helped you to boost your confidence and skills in promoting yourself and your business?
It helped with releasing all the past issues, even though I didn’t believe it at first. I am a cynic. The obstacles and challenges that have come up I deal with appropriate emotions now. In the past, I would have had a meltdown, would have brought the issues home and others were affected. I used to take things personally and go into self blaming and doubting when I received a “no”. Working with Qt has helped me to deal with things with clarity. I am in the right place and I am confident it is what I want to do. Dhea, the person, and the personal and business issues had to be unclogged to allow new things to come in and to reignite my passion for business.
What has been the biggest change for you?
I am happier with me because I am looking after my health, therefore, don’t drag my tail with business. It used to be a vicious circle of procrastination each day. Balance has come back and I am not feeling guilty for not thinking about the business every minute. I now let things go when I get a “no”, instead of thinking of what I did wrong – I respect where people are. All those distracting voices and clutter that got in the way is gone. My focus is now easy to maintain. I have a clearer head, without the brain fog. Things get done faster – I know what I need to do and just get on and do it. I do my work efficiently.
What tips would you give to others in business wanting to increase their confidence and grow their business?
Get rid of the baggage. Your coping mechanisms are better without carrying around all those years of shame, guilt and fear. I used to carry lots of baggage – everything is now gone. Each issue was a kilo of weight and it really feels lighter without them. If you want to change, allow your curiosity to do the weekend seminar for something to change for you. You need to invest in yourself. You need to service your mind and body like your car. You don’t realise how much better your life could be. It could just be a perceptual change which will help you to do other things more successfully.
How would you sum up your transformation?
Very positive, very enlightening and rewarding for me as a person, which then affects every part of my life, family and business. Balance is back in my life which is good. I enjoy life more and talking to my children more. If I enjoy life more, I enjoy business more. Happiness is there again and I have fallen back in love with my business again.
Dhea is happy to talk to you about her transformation so please contact Vesna on (03) 9653-9288 for her details.