But I have to honest with you.
I have never experienced momentum first hand and I have been involved in this beautiful profession for almost seven years! You see, my career in Network Marketing has been riddled with failures and challenges and I’ve never been able to truly breakthrough and achieve the results I truly desired when I first got started at the ripe age of 19.
What I want to share with you today, I can speak of from a deep level of understanding and conviction and because I not only went through it, but it’s something I deal with each and every day.
So the question is, how do I still move forward with belief and excitement in Network Marketing with a past filled with setbacks and failures?
Not only will I give you clarity into how I am able to do this but I will also share with you exactly how I’m able to move forward with more belief and excitement every single day.
Here are my three tips:
I know that we’ve been taught to never look back and focus on the future but I honestly can’t say I agree with that advice wholeheartedly. You see, when I look back at the past seven years I can choose to focus on all the failures and shortcomings and obviously this won’t help me maintain a positive attitude towards my future.
But what if I was able to look back on my failures and on the moments that I knew I could have done more and made the conscious decision to be grateful rather than regretful?
One of the first books I ever read was Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and he has a quote that has stuck with me all these years.
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
It is my deep belief in this statement that causes me to not reflect on my negative past experiences as failures but as opportunities. You have to understand that every challenge or adversity you’ve experienced in your life has been an opportunity to grow, to become a stronger person.
So I choose to look back on my past failures and see them as growth experiences but most importantly I am infinitely grateful for who I have become as a result of my adversities. They have made me who I am today and for that I have no regrets.
I strongly urge you to reflect back on some past failures and consciously search for the equal or greater benefit you’ve experienced as a result. Be grateful for this experience because it’s one of the reasons you are who you are today.
Can you imagine how many major conventions I have been to in the last seven years? If you’ve been involved in Network Marketing for a while I’m sure you could imagine how many people I’ve seen cross that stage and get recognized and appreciated for their achievements. Nothing gets me more motivated than hearing someone share their story and think to myself “If they can do it, I can do it!”
Other people succeeding gives me a level of excitement that I can’t even describe but after years of dedication and little success, it’s easy to feel that excitement and belief start to fade away. It’s even more difficult when you meet someone who achieved a high level of success in half the time it took you to reach the first rank.
This can be an emotionally draining experience. Especially once you go through it a couple dozen times.
Then you start thinking to yourself, they had it easy or they had a better sponsor, but you see these are all excuses that you’ve created to ease the pain of your own lack of success. You fail to see what they have overcome in order to reach that level of achievement.
You have to see your journey as a book and you can’t compare your chapter 3 to someone else’s chapter 10. You don’t know what they’ve been through, their past experiences and what they’ve sacrificed to get where they are today.
The only thing you can do is focus on you. If you’re a better and stronger person than you were yesterday, you’re progressing. If you are more skilled today than you were last month you’re getting better. If you’ve overcome some fears in the last few months you’re developing more courage.
Stay focused on progress not perfection and stay away from comparing yourself to others. Once you learn how to do this, you can teach your team and it could be the difference between them quitting and them sticking around to reap the harvest you are helping them grow.
We don’t get in life what we want, we get what we picture.
For years I have heard that if you have a big enough why, you’ll do anything to make it happen. Although this definitely works for some people, I have found that the vision for your future is the most important aspect to staying motivated and achieving results.
Now don’t get me wrong. Having a “why” that is powerful is vital but when you can translate your “why” into a vision, you can start tapping into levels of energy and motivation that you didn’t know were possible.
Think about this.
The reason “why” I am building a Network Marketing business is to create a level of freedom for myself and my family that I always dreamed of. I grew up with a middle class lifestyle but there were always limitations and things we couldn’t do because we didn’t have enough money. I will make sure my family never has to worry and stress about money ever again. I also believe that the Network Marketing business model can provide this type of freedom for millions of people and it’s my duty, responsibility and obligation to help as many people achieve financial freedom as possible.
You might be thinking that this is a powerful “why”. It stretches beyond my own self interests and is very emotional. If you are thinking this, you’re absolutely right!
Now this is a big motivator for me and it keeps me focused on building my business so I can achieve the level of freedom I desire. But when I think of freedom, my mind doesn’t see the word “FREEDOM”, it only understands images. So I need to be able to associate my meaning of the word freedom with visuals.
Here is how I create that vision.
I see my parents with no stress and worry and spending each day doing what they love. I imagine myself waking up each day, in the house of my dreams with a schedule filled with passionate activities and surrounded by my closest friends. I can see myself traveling the world speaking on stage, empowering tens of thousands of people. I even see my bank statements that look like phone numbers and big checks written out to my favorite non profits.
This is a glimpse of the vision I hold in my mind when I think about my “why” and I make sure I visualize this as often as I can. Because it’s not we do every once in awhile that matters, it’s what we do repeatedly.
Developing absolute clarity of my vision is what keeps me focused on what is possible, regardless of my previous experiences. It gives me hope and keeps me working towards my dreams every single day.
So I strongly urge you to develop a vision for your life that reinforces your “why” and condition your vision as often as possible.
One powerful way to do this it with a vision board. I recently made a digital vision board on Pinterest that allows me to tap back into my vision, my “why”, anytime I want since the app is always available on my phone, right in my pocket.
I want to leave you with this.
Be grateful for the person you are right now. Your past experiences have made you who you are today and you have nothing to regret. But don’t be complacent. Never stop growing and progressing and most importantly never stop taking action.
Stop comparing yourself to others and focus on your journey. Help others do the same.
Finally, I suggest you connect your “why” with a compelling vision and condition that vision as often as you can. Do this enough and every time you come across a challenge you will clearly see in your mind the reason why you must build a successful Network Marketing business.
Credits (c): Will Fitzgerald
Source: Networker Blog