We’re recording this weeks Tip around the holidays which brought up a good discussion at our staff planning session. The holidays are a time when a lot of people loose momentum in their business.
Things get in the way, slow us down or just seem out of control.
Outside influences such as seasonal changes, news events or even issues in our own family can have a big influence on our motivation. And once motivation is sapped it’s hard to find the extra energy to stay on a diet, exercise or in our case – build our network marketing businesses.
The thing is that this isn’t just a holiday issue… if you’ve just started your network marketing business or if you’ve recently renewed your commitment… you will be faced with influences that your beyond your control.
In fact, the majority of network marketing businesses crash or stall out because of outside influences robbing emotional, physicals and financial momentum.
But you need to know that you’re NOT a helpless victim here.
That kind of thinking – that internal conversation where you say, “I have no control so let me put off important tasks or decisions till later” – that’s extremely harmful.
While you may not have a choice in or control over the unexpected, how you respond is totally in your control.
But only if you are properly prepared.
The questions you need to ask is how can you prepare for the unexpected?
The number one key in preparing for the unexpected – those things that will rob your momentum – is to know that they will come. It’s also important to recognize that THEY WILL affect your attitude, energy and motivation.
It happens to the best of us. But knowing that it will happen takes away some of the power and fury and begins to give you control.
Key number two in keeping your momentum in the face of stallers is to stick to a regular schedule – which is hard, especially if you haven’t run a business from home before.
If you build your business “when you get a chance” you will find that you will rarely get the chance.
The key to having an effective schedule lies in tracking your actions and reviewing them with someone that has your best interest in mind like a coach or advisor.
What’s important here isn’t just having a schedule that you can stick to or one that you understand what actions get what results…
those are important but unless you have someone you trust that will hold you accountable to your actions and goals you’ll most likely give up.
As humans we will lie to ourselves before we ever lie to others. And why not? We’ll never tell!
But think about it. Each year over 80% of us make new years resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, eat healthy, or take control of our financial future.
Yet within 45 days most of these people have already given up on their resolution.
What is it that takes us from 100% committed to giving up in such a short time?
The missing ingredient isn’t just a goal. It’s not good enough to just want something with every fiber of your being.
To accomplish a goal you have to take action – not just any action – action that objectively moves you forward. This takes a plan – but this is a little too obvious and oversimplified – because the details – the make or break aspect is all in that plan.
This means that you plan needs to be more that just a “do this, then this, then this” outline… it also needs to include a way to measure progress, a way to have outside accountability, guidance and a way to troubleshoot issues and make course adjustments as you go. Because effective plans can’t be “one size fits all.”
When you stop and think, there’s probably isn’t any goal your couldn’t accomplish with a plan designed for you and with someone there to basically guide you through as you go. It’s the reason people with personal trainers are healthier and more fit than those without – even if they go to the gym regularly!
So if you are new to network marketing or have decided that it’s time to stop getting left behind… make sure you implement these key elements into your business and you’ll up your odds of success by a factor of 10.
Published with permission from my dear old friend Andre Vatke (President LeadersClub)