Did you know there are about 40,000 network marketing companies around the world? Did you know that there are approximately 23-million networkers in the United States alone right now? Did you know network marketing began its journey in the mid-1950s? People have been joining MLM companies for over 60 years!
Why has network marketing stuck around this long? Why are there approximately 5,500 people joining a network marketing company every day? Why do individuals join an average of 5 different home-based business opportunities in their lifetimes?
The answer is simple. Network marketing is an avenue for everyday individuals, like myself, to achieve their peak of ultimate personal success.
Everyone strives to achieve this. It is a natural desire we have bred within us from the beginning of time.
Stop for a moment and really allow yourself to think about what I am sharing with you. Every person in this world strives towards success. This desire is a part of who we are as humans.
You may be thinking, not everyone could have this desire to be successful because they make choices that do not lead to true success. It is true that some are not moving in the right direction, but they still desire to be successful where they are.
Do you think someone who chooses to rob a bank wants to fail or succeed in the task? They want to be successful in this. Of course, this method will not lead to true ultimate success for this individual even if he or she is successful in the moment.
Imagine standing a handful of individuals at the foot of Mount Everest (one of the tallest mountains in the world) and announcing that you would award $100 billion to each person that reached the peak. Some of those individuals would look at the climb and decide there is no way they could hike that. Others would stand and say, “I could do it with the right equipment.” Others may say, “I would sure give it a try and if I can’t make it, at least I can say I tried.”
Though the mindsets are different, do you think they would all desire to receive $100 billion? I would think so! What is the difference in these three categories? Is the challenge any different? No. Is the destination any different? No. Is the reward any different? No. What is the difference? Their mindsets.
We all have this deep desire to succeed in what we do, so when we stumble, it is very easy to stop pushing forward to your goal. When we face the possibility of failure, we turn right around and run in the other direction as fast and as long as we can. It is easier to give up than it is to even think of trying and possibly failing. Why do we fear failure so much that we will actually sabotage ourselves in our journey to success? Our self-esteem.
Life is full of hurt, disappointments, and discouraging moments. Over time, life usually wears us down and causes us to lose faith. Eventually we get to the point that we do not even want to try to move forward because we expect failure. We get scared to face failure because we think failure will define us. It doesn’t. Failure is a fact of life.
When we watch a baby fall down while attempting to take his or her first steps, do we define that baby’s potential or capability by that fall? No. We know the child will eventually learn and that falling down is part of learning to walk and eventually run. Stop holding yourself at heights that NO ONE can fulfill! In order to succeed, you must be willing to fail so you can learn how to succeed. My mentor, Mike Akins, has taught me to think of life as a learning journey. If we stumble, it is only for a moment in time and that “fall” becomes a lesson that will help us reach our full potential. If we do not grasp this concept, we will get to the point where we become our biggest obstacle.
Personally, I have come face to face with countless temporary failures. If I would have let those moments define what I did next, I would not be where I am today. Mike taught me how to look at each momentary failure as an opportunity to learn and grow beyond where I am so I can become better for my future.
Being able to separate your value or potential from that moment of temporary failure is vital. Learn to value these learning moments in your life and value who you are. Don’t base your value on temporary results. The example my mentor gave me was to look at some of the people I admire as extremely successful and ask myself, “Did these people always have that potential of success within them? Did their success unfold over a period of time, and through various experiences, or did it just happen one day and their past experiences had nothing to with it?” The answer is they always had that potential of success within them, and the experiences they endured helped pull that potential out of them, so they could stand at their peak of success.
This is how you need to view yourself and your current situation. You need to stop letting temporary moments hold you back or make you feel as if you are not capable of becoming who you dream to become. Stop letting a bad day or bad experience define your future! Visualize your dream of who you want to become and CHOOSE to work toward that goal until you get there. If you don’t give up, you are always on your way up. If you climb that personal mountain and have a temporary failure, don’t look at it like you fell all the way back down that mountain. You still have the knowledge you acquired and that experience to learn from! You still became that much closer to your full potential! When you are hiking a trail in the mountains and you fall down, you only fall to the ground. For me, that would be 5 feet, 4 inches to the ground. I am still in the mountains, on higher ground, and I can stand back up and keep climbing!
Because our self-esteem and value/self-worth gets tied into our daily results, it can make it hard to psychologically keep walking towards your goal. However, if you can separate a moment from who you are, you can bounce back a lot easier. You have to reprogram your mind to do this naturally over time. It takes constant focus to remind yourself that, if you face failure, it does not define your potential. Remind yourself in those moments that every successful person has failed a great number of times, but they kept working toward their goals and chose not to give up. You can do this too!
Your success is not a destination; it is your mindset. To achieve success, you need to understand the key principles of successful thinking. Once you reprogram your mind to think the right way, nothing can stop you in your journey. When you learn to achieve this mindset, you will not only be successful in your networking career but in anything you do in life.
Step 1: Choose to make the commitment to allow your mind to be transformed. Choose to view each obstacle as a chance to help you become your full potential. Choose to look at temporary failure as a stepping stone to lift you to your best you.
Are you ready?