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I recently wrote on another blog about how if you want to change your life then the best thing you can do is change your story. In this post I want to apply this specifically to network marketing.
People join network marketing companies every day with hopes ranging from making a little extra money at one end to completely replacing their income at the other. But most people never even make it out of the starting box.
I believe that the biggest reason is that they continuously tell themselves that they can’t succeed.
Can success in network marketing be as simple as changing your story?
Are you like a lot of people who spend their whole week just waiting for the weekend? Do you hate your job and suffer through the week for those precious two days of freedom when you can do anything you want?
Except that you can’t just do anything you want, can you? The weekend is filled with mowing the lawn, doing laundry, running some errands and all of the other things you can’t do during the week because you are at work. Then you get back to Monday and wonder what happened to the weekend.
That’s a lousy way to live. Life is happening right now, and only right now. If you are always looking forward to just getting past this moment, you end up missing your whole life. Monday through Friday count for just over seventy percent of your life. Books like The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle remind us that we can only act in the present moment. We cannot do anything about the past and anything that we can do about the future can only be done right now. When our thoughts are on the past or the future, we’re thinking those thoughts right now.
Many people as they get older realize that they aren’t going to have enough money to retire. After working for 40 years or more, looking forward to the day when they won’t have to anymore, they will have to keep some form of job or live a severely restricted lifestyle. They will have to put all of their plans for traveling and enjoying their golden years on the shelf, maybe permanently.
It doesn’t have to be that way. I know many people who are making more than enough money to put some away toward their retirement. Further, they have no intention of retiring because they thoroughly enjoy what they do. What they have done is build a successful network marketing business, or you could call it a retirement business.
I started reading The Science of Becoming Excellent by Wallace D. Wattles and Dr. Judith Powell recently and came across something interesting. In chapter 5 they list four things that you need to do to prepare to become great:
You must release all lust, and cease to be ruled by appetite.
You must abandon greed.
Let go of pride and vanity.
Number 1 is essentially eat to live, don’t live to eat. That’s a basic wellness principle. Number 2 is a little more interesting. They say that it is good to want things if they advance your life in some way, not just to run up the score so to speak. That’s cool.
Focus and achieve were two of John Maxwell’s words of the day on Minute With Maxwell recently, and the two words are very strongly tied together.
It takes focus to achieve anything great.
Focus is the ability to keep yourself on one task or thought for an extended period of time. As John Maxwell said in his video on focus, the ability to focus on one thing long enough is what it take to turn a thing into a big thing.
This is all absolutely true for building a network marketing business.
I am a network marketer, so today I want to talk about what I like about network marketing and the company that I am with.
I graduated from massage school six and a half years ago and through that training I had become very interested in wellness. It was as if a whole new world had been opened up for me. My Anatomy and Physiology instructor recommended Kevin Trudeau’s book Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About. I don’t actually recommend the book because I found it to be a very difficult book to read, but there was one thing in the book that piqued my interested. Kevin Trudeau said that everyone should be sleeping on a magnetic mattress pad. I asked another massage therapist I knew about this and he introduced me to a network marketing company he had just joined.
I listened to a small piece of The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale on the way to a meeting a couple days ago. In this particular section he was talking about goals and comparing them to the destination of a ship on the ocean.
When a ship leaves a port it has to have a destination and a captain at the tiller if it is to have any chance of arriving at any meaningful place.
Earn Nightingale says that a ship without a destination is likely to run aground as a derelict on a deserted beach, if it ever even made it out of the port in the first place.
Here is a short video of Seth Godin on the value of blogging. Check it out.
I hadn’t thought about it like this before, but I believe he is right. I have changed a lot since I started blogging three or so years ago (not on this site).
Back then I didn’t know much about blogging other than that it was a good way to generate traffic to my website for free. I didn’t know how to write and I really didn’t expect a lot of people to read what I wrote. Actually, I blogged mostly to generate links to my product content so that I would rank better with the search engine. I didn’t care that nobody read my content.
Expectation was John Maxwell’s word of the day about a week ago. He shared a great story, so go see the short video.
Like the young guy in the story, are you passing on opportunities that are too big for your frying pan? Are your expectations too small?
Life is about having huge expectations and living life to the fullest. We are meant to live in abundance. Regardless of what the news and the people around us are programming us to believe, we are not meant to be broke and sick. We are supposed to be more wealthy and healthy than we can believe.