With all the talk about setting goals or mapping out where you want to be in six months, one year or five years, what about those of you who may find yourself just plain stuck. You are unable to move forward, for whatever reason, and make daily progress towards your goals. You’ve been on most of your company’s calls, taken some copious notes, written down your daily and weekly plan of action, and even shown up from time to time at your company’s trainings. But you’ve made little to no progress in your network marketing business in spite of the best of intentions and an honest desire to be successful. Other people in your same business have enrolled many people, hit some great achievement levels and earned some fantastic income, but not you. Not you because you’re stuck.
Don’t kid yourself, if you’re not doing daily or at least consistent activity towards your income goals, you’re not going to be successful. Not now or next year either. Sitting around hoping for things to change just because time passes, is not going to do it. Having all these great plans and activities in your head that don’t translate into action won’t get the job done either. It doesn’t work in a regular job and it won’t work in your own business. Because it’s ‘your business’ and you are the boss, your own personal mindset, philosophies, and internal blueprint comes into play. It doesn’t show up the same way on a regular job, because if you don’t do what you’re supposed to do, then you’re pink-slipped, fired or otherwise shown the door.
But now you’re the boss, and there’s no one to make you do what your supposed to do but YOU. Now what? If you truly have a desire for things to change, you can change them. It’s that simple. You currently have an amateur mindset that is not programmed for success or you would already be doing what you need to do to make yourself successful in your own business. Don’t let the fog of indecision, excuses, apathy, lack of vision or perfectionism rob you of the chance to do something with the business that you’ve chosen for yourself. WHY did you choose your business? WHAT did you hope to gain from it? You must have had a reason.
Here’s a simple thing that you can implement immediately to get you into the habit of taking some sort of action every day. Excuses can become a habit, but so can taking action. Working your business during a set time every day and protecting that time is another key factor in staying consistent.
Take out five 3 x 5 index cards and write down each day of the week and time that you can work your business . . . say Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. Then write down just ONE thing that you need to do to move your business forward. Do not write down answering emails or setting up a marketing system. Write down one income producing activity like sharing your business with three people, or making 5 phone calls to prospects. When the excuses start entering your head, say “NO!” Then pick up the phone and just do it. No more asking yourself “if you feel like it.” Tell yourself you’ll think about that AFTER you make the 5 calls that you have on your card for the day.
Give yourself some kind of small reward if you did take that daily action. If you didn’t, then realize that you are selling yourself short. You are unique with God-given talents and gifts that were given to YOU and you alone . . . don’t bury them and waste them so that no one else can benefit from them, including you. Start over, forgive yourself and move on. Pull out the next card for the next day and do that one. Keep repeating this process until you are successful for an entire week in doing what you have on your card. Then add a little more to your card each week until you are using your time wisely for the amount of time you have allotted.
There are many helpful posts on this blog to help you on your pathway to success. The legendary success writer, Napoleon Hill, said, “create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put this plan into action.” That is the key to success . . . simple and consistent action, whether you feel like it or not.
To your success,