This is a true story of my quest to learn how to ride a horse, and now being a home business owner, this story really hits home. His name was Squirt, and he was a stubborn little pony. I was 11 years old, and as long as I can remember, I've had a passion and interest in horses. A friend of our family, prepared Squirt, saddled him, put his bridle on, and told me to go ahead and get on. It was a slow process to start, we slumbered around inside the protected gates, while I learned how to guide him and instruct him in the direction I wanted. That wasn't fast enough for me, so I wanted to take it up a notch, and exited the safety of the corral. If you are wondering what this has to do with MLM, be patient, you will understand.
Before I knew it, Squirt blasted out of the corral like a shooting bullet, and headed straight for a clothesline! Since, my over eager desire didn't allow for enough preparation, I had no clue how to handle this situation or how to redirect Squirt, so in the blink of an eye all I could do was try to crouch down low as to not be taken out by the quickly approaching clothesline! In my moment of correction, I overcompensated, and before I knew it, I was rolling forward right over the top of Squirt's head, and came to an unexpected halt in the dirt.
Can you see a parallel between my story and your results with MLM? Does your experience have you feeling like a failure, or perhaps you took off running, had early success, but now your business is suffering? If you do, first of all you are not alone. The fact is, that 97% of people fail in this industry. What I have witnessed, is many will get started with a great vision, a renewed spirit, and will take immediate action and see immediate results. The success doesn't have to be huge, maybe it's generating a few sales, or sponsoring a few new people into their team. Those early successes generates more excitement, but what happens when the challenges come and the excitement fades?
It is what happens after the emotional energy of enthusiasm fades, where the division of serious, faithful leaders, and the non-commited wishful thinkers occurs. This may seem crude or severe to you, however, the truth is that how successful you will be and how far you will go will be determined by the action you take after your early enthusiasm is gone. If you want to stop failing in MLM, and actually build a multilevel marketing business that will stand the test of time, you need to learn how to take your failures, and turn them into learning opportunities, and get back on that horse, so to speak...back to my story.
So, I am now on ground, dusty, dirty, embarrassed, my pride is hurt, and I am surrounded by my mom, our family friend, and Squirt is walking around free and proud. So it's decision time, I can either sit there and wallow in my self pity and humiliation, or I can stand up, and get back on that stubborn little pony. Hopefully, you already know the answer. I am not a quitter, so I stood up, dusted myself off, and got back on that pony and successfully learned how to ride.
My real life experience seems kind of comical, but if you take that old saying "when you fall off your horse, get back on" seriously, it can literally define your future. Just like my honest horse experience, I too have had business failure, and also was failing with MLM. How you respond to the challenges of your life, ultimately can seal your fate. During the time when you feel like all the cards are stacked against you, fearful and embarrassed, because all your friends and family heard about how bright your future was, what in the world should you do?
Remember you have two choices, you can quit, or you can begin with the right actions and the right questions:
What is my burning desire, in other words, what is the one thing I absolutely must have or do, that I cannot live without? If you can't answer this, you need to do some soul searching to find your purpose and goals.
Do I have clear written defined goals?
What lessons can I take from my struggles and obstacles?
How will I proceed and act in the future to avoid the same mistakes, and assist others in the process?
What simple steps can I start today, to move my business in the right direction?
What new abilities or skill sets should I aquire?
Who can I ask to be my accountability partner that will not negotiate with me?
Make the decision today that you will not let humility be your obstacle, but rather your catalyst. Failures and challenges don't define you or make you a failure. Keep in mind, Thomas Edison continued with his goal of bringing the lightbulb to the world after hundreds of mistakes, he simply decided that he learned 1,000 ways how not to do it. Starting now, make the decision to get back on that proverbial horse, seek the training, the guidance and the systems you need to develop the kind of success with MLM that you have dreamed of...you are worth it.
About Author / Additional Info:
To learn more about Success with MLM, tips, techniques and online strategies, visit the site of Jodi Ouellette at http://www.becomingchangeagents.com Click on the following link for a short video with Jodi Ouellette, home business guru at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL_PgSazSzg