GUIDED BY THE ULTIMATE LEADER
I can only speak from experience. After about four years in network marketing, I have come to understand the power of the human spirit. I started out in business back in my mid-twenties in Cameroon when I opened up a cyber café at a time when people were just beginning to learn about the internet back home. The business did well. And I decided to stay on the path of business ownership. We are also involved in other ventures today. But in everything I have done, none has been as empowering or brought out the best of me like network marketing.
As an MLM leader, you must be able to teach, inspire and encourage your leaders to the finish line. This means you must self develop and embrace success principles yourself. It is very humbling to watch yourself develop and grow as a person. I believe that if you can succeed in MLM, you can be successful in anything you seek to achieve.
Leaders like everyone else do experience the ups and downs of business ownership. My husband Albert & I seek to share our experiences & challenges truthfully so that in your difficult moments, you will remember our story. Ordinary people do achieve extraordinary things. Who isn't ordinary anyway? We all are – some are just are more determined than others to live meaningful lives.
Of course, we have always been 100% committed. We work hard, have faced many challenges which we overcame and through the years we have seen the fruit of our labor. But there have been times, when the difficulties and challenges have seemed like we couldn't take them. Like in everything else (doesn't matter in what field), a time always comes when you are faced with failure. Throw in the towel or continue? In the Bible the Son of God Himself was overwhelmed with the sacrifice His Father asked him to make for mankind when he was faced with crucifixion. He asked if it possible for God to take that cup away from Him but the Father said, no you must finish. So he did.
Expect difficult days.
When Life Gets in the Way
One of those periods for us was in the winter of 2007. We were National Directors at the time (had been in the business for a year and some months). Our goal was to close out senior vice president by the end of that year. I got pregnant with my third child. It was a very difficult pregnancy. The last trimester was particularly trying. I had no choice but to put the business on hold during the last month –December 2007. My husband couldn’t do much either, he was still working full-time.
My son was born in early January and even after he was born, I wasn’t motivated to continue building. I had literally ran out of gas. There was nothing anyone could do to help get me back. I was fully aware of what was happening to us. We didn’t entertain any negative thoughts, we still believed in our business. But somehow life had gotten in the way.
Do you know that when youu are closest to the finish line is when you face the most challenges? When your breakthrough is around the corner, things seem hardest.
Obviously, I had mentally checked out. I was focusing more on our traditional business. Then one day in February, something led me into my 5LINX virtual office, where I hadn’t been in months. I noticed that even while we had stopped actively building, our business was still growing. New representatives had come in. That week a $900 commission had been released into our visa card. What an ‘ah-a’ moment! That must have been a sign.
For the next couple of days, I couldn’t get 5LINX out of my mind, something was bothering me – ‘how could we have come this far, just to quit?’ I called Albert and we decided to recommit to ourselves and to our business. Two months later in early April 2008, we closed it out – we were senior vice presidents. That is how close we had been, yet we had almost let it go.
Program Your Mind for Success
– Find ways to keep your fire burning. There are always encouraging signs around you – could be a new business deal you were not expecting, a new business partner who just came into your organization, someone who just called up for a service or product; these signs come in many forms. You must keep going. This article might specifically be for you.
– Business gets lonely sometimes: it often boils down to just you and your dreams. Remember, leaders understand that it is not up to anyone else to keep their dreams alive, but themselves. We do feel tired and weighed down sometimes. What happens when it is not your intention to quit but you find yourself sinking into that bottomless pit called failure? What do you do?
Your business must be grounded in something bigger than you. I thank God that the Holy Spirit was there to remind us. When we asked for a blessing, HE sent us our home-based business and even when we get weary, HE keeps leading us back.
– It is OK to loose steam – but always find ways to keep going, just like that car that runs out of gas, pulls-up by the roadside, refuels and keeps going. Program your mind for success, success will happen even when you are physically feeling weak and discouraged. Remember, your thoughts determine the outcome. The things you want most will come to pass. Stay positive and remain grounded in the Most High – HE is the Ultimate Leader.