It’s been really busy around here as we work to build our network marketing business, but the Occupy Wall Street movement has been something of a distraction for me lately.
Because honestly, I don’t know how I feel about it.
Yes, Wall Street should be held accountable, and I am all for checks and balances when it comes to making sure that good, hard-working people (and their money) are dealt with in a fair and legal way.
But I don’t feel like I’m part of the 99 percent.
For starters, while we’re not in the top one percent of income earners, we earn considerably more than the average American (not bragging, and if you’re familiar with our story, you know that this hasn’t always been the case; we have seen some pretty nasty times).
Beyond the money part, there’s a vibe to the current thinking that says that we can’t move forward until something outside of us changes. Something radical. Something out of our control.
And I just don’t buy into that.
Here’s what I think.
I think that network marketing professionals and others that help people build and sustain profitable online businesses are helping them to take financial control of their lives as they’ve never done before.
Network marketing pros are not wishing things would be different, or hoping for new legislation, a new Congress or president to take over.
They’re not thinking that things will get better when someone does something.
And they’re not necessarily praying that God will change people’s hearts (or whatever message is coming down from certain pulpits these days).
They’re not wishing, or hoping, or thinking, or praying… for anything.
What they are doing is taking massive action, and showing others how to do the same.
They’re making a commitment – to themselves, their families, and their future.
And they’re working our butts off to keep that commitment. Even when the going gets tough.
This isn’t a judgment call on the people that are putting their lives on hold as they work to effect change on a massive level.
There’s a place for that, and I respect their conviction.
But I’m in no position to leave what I’m doing to take a stand. To do so would hurt my family in ways I don’t want to think about. So my response is to build something that stands independent of what happens on Wall Street, as much as I’m able to do that - and to give others the tools and training they need to do the same thing.
There’s a statistic that swirls around the network marketing business that estimates that a full 97 percent of new business professionals will fail within their first three months of launching their company.
There are three possible (and probable) reasons for this:
1) They have unrealistic expectations of what it takes to build a network marketing business (and were most likely lured in by “get rich quick” promises that continue to mar the industry);
2) They have little to no marketing experience, which is critical for any business to survive; and/or
3) They don’t have a good team supporting, training, and challenging them to do what’s possible to do in this business.
That means that only three percent of people make it in network marketing.
You can be a part of that three percent.
You can beat the odds, and build something incredible – for yourself, your family, your world.
Now, I don’t know about you, but that sure beats waiting for something to happen.
Here are five network marketing tips that you can implement right now to take your network marketing business to the next level:
Network Marketing Tips – #1: Get Clear on What You Want
Take a half hour alone to sit in silence, and make sure you have a pen and paper handy. Turn off the phones, close down the laptop, and let your family know that you don’t want to be disturbed. Then, sit in that silence with your eyes closed, and ask yourself, “What do I want?”
Wait about 15 seconds, and then ask yourself again, “What do I want?”
Do this several times, and watch what comes up. Is it money that you want? If so, how much? Is it a like-minded business partner to help you grow your company, more support from your spouse of significant other, or just a few extra hours in the day to devote to what you’re doing? There are no wrong answers here, so don’t judge what comes up.
After you’ve spent a few minutes asking and then listening for the response, open your eyes and write down what comes to mind. Again, don’t judge. Just put it on paper.
Network Marketing Tips – #2: Document Your Day
Make a list of everything you do on a daily basis to build your company. Make this list as thorough and honest as possible, so that it’s a true reflection of the amount of time and effort you’re putting into what you do. Think of it as your own employee evaluation that will provide you with an overview of where you’re getting it right, and where there may be room for improvement.
As with step one, this is not time to judge. You’re just observing.
Network Marketing Tips – #3: Compare What You Want with What You’re Doing
Now, have a look at your two lists. Read over what it is you say you want, and then compare that with what it is you are doing every day to work towards that goal (or not). Now’s the time to fill in the gaps, if there are any. For example, if you’d like to increase your income by $3000 every month, after you’ve reviewed your two lists, make a third list of things that you can do to reach your goal, and schedule those things in and around what you’re already doing.
Network Marketing Tips – #4: Reach Out to Your Upline for Guidance
Almost there. Once you know what you want, what you’re doing, and what you may need to do in addition to hit your goals, reach out to your upline leader through phone or email, and set up a time to chat live. Make this your “huddle” call, where you reconnect with the person that got you into network marketing and pick their brains for their advice as to what you can do to get there from here. This call should take about a half an hour, and when you hang up, you should be pumped up and full of next steps.
Network Marketing Tips – #5: Take Action
Pick one thing that you can do – right now – to move your business forward. It can be something that you upline leader suggested, or inspiration from the lists that you drew up on your own. It doesn’t matter, just as long as you take action. There’s tremendous energy in these moments when you’re fired up and ready to go, and the magic happens when you move with that energy.
And that’s it. Keep your lists handy where you can review them from time to time, and make it a practice of repeating this five-step process about once a quarter. Doing so will help you stay on track with your goals and, slowly but surely, carve out your place within that three percent of network marketers who are making a difference in the world.