When entrepreneurs are out scouting the social media networks and their communities for recruits to their businesses, they are quick to point out how ‘easy’ their system is, how ‘hands-free’ their automation is, how ‘fool-proof’ their plans are and how ‘guaranteed’ your success will be if only you follow their directions to a ‘T’. But what they fail to mention most of the time is that there IS work involved and sacrifices to be made if you want to be successful in network marketing and direct sales.
Greatness and prosperity do not come without a lot of hard work and sacrifice. It doesn’t just fall into your lap. You have to hustle and brainstorm and study and network and really put yourself out there if want to improve in your life and your finances. No matter how successful a business is when you join it, as an independent representative, YOU are the one who is in charge of your own success within that company.
While you were thinking about the amazing vacations you were going to take and the giant house on the beach that you were going to purchase and the vehicle that would be the envy of all your neighbors, did you ever think about what you were willing to sacrifice in order to obtain the level of success that you would need to reach in order to make those dreams come true?
Let me tell you about some of the sacrifices I have made in order to be a full time work from home mom over the last 10 years or so.
1) Sleep – Oh yes, sleep. I have sacrificed countless hours of sleep in order to make my dreams come true. I have spent entire nights studying new skills I would need to keep my business progressing, talking to clients, customers and potential business partners who did not have any other free time to talk than at 2am, learning new ways to be an effective leader to my team, putting catalogs and hostess packets together, putting in last minute orders, developing a winning mindset, meditating and brainstorming new and exciting ways to promote my business.
2.) ‘Me Time’. For a while I totally spent all of my ‘me time’ on my business. I ate, slept and breathed network marketing and spent every spare moment building my business. Why? Because I wanted to progress as quickly as possible. I didn’t want to treat my business like a hobby. I was completely and totally motivated to become financially independent as fast as I could. I gave up eating out, hanging out with friends, dating, etc. If it didn’t have to do with my kids, I didn’t do it. I worked on my business instead.
3.) Brand name products. You know, the ones on all the commercials? The ones that everyone knows by their jingle? The one displayed prominently on the store’s shelves. Yeah, I gave up those and went back to the cheap stuff. Wait.. what? Let me explain. I needed money to invest in my business. So, I started really searching for ways in which I could save extra money to invest into my career. Did I have to scrimp and save in order to do that? Of course, but it was totally worth it.
4.) My Comfort Zone. Oh, those comfort zones, how we love them! But when it’s all said and done, our success truly does lie outside of our comfort zones. I had a serious fear of rejection when I first started network marketing. It was one of the things that slowed my progress immensely. Asking for a sale caused heart palpitations, sweaty palms and made me lightheaded. Asking for someone to book a party? Same thing. Asking for support in my home business in any way, as a matter of fact! Oh, and let’s not forget calling leads, video marketing, blogging and the transparency that I have adapted in my social networking activities. All of that took me WAY out of my comfort zone, but you know what? All of that is what is NEEDED in order to succeed.
5.) My Pride. This goes back to stepping out of my comfort zone. And I don’t mean this in a bad way, either. There were many times in my life that I put on the ‘I’m fine’ face, the ‘everything is perfect’ face and never let the world know what was really going on in my life or what I had been through. I wanted people to think I had all the answers. I didn’t want to ask for help – Ever! But, over the years I had to learn that being prideful was keeping me from becoming the best person and business woman that I could be.
Once I started allowing my story to touch the hearts of other people around me, I became someone that people could relate to. Once I got over my fear of asking for help from my mentors and my uplines, I began to see my business really taking off. When I gave up my pride of always needing my life to look perfect when it was FAR from that – I began to be seen as open and honest and someone that others could trust. And when I decided that I would NEVER pull the wool over someone’s eyes in order to make a sale or get a recruiting bonus by skimming over the hard work involved I gained the respect of people who had been lied to before.
All of these sacrifices were necessary for me to get where I am today and that is living in a house I own, driving a car with no payments and not ever having to punch a time clock or get permission from anyone when my children need me or I simply want to have some time to myself. All of those things were only dreams at one point in time. And now they’ve come true! Because I was not afraid of making the sacrifices needed to accomplish my goals.
What are your dreams? A new house? A new vehicle? Family vacations? Cruises? Being able to help the unfortunate? Or simply having enough money at the end of the month to cover emergencies when they come up? Whatever they are, you CAN achieve them. You just have to be willing to put in the work and make to appropriate sacrifices to get there.
~ Carrie A Medford
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