Business Challenges – How Will You Handle Them?
On a recent road trip, I experienced firsthand some “bugs on the windshield.” We were out of the city, driving up a mountain and drove through a LARGE swarm of some kind of big, awful bug and our windshield was SOAKED in guts and water (sorry, a little graphic!)
It made me think about some of the challenges people face sometimes in their network marketing business and that phrase we hear in Network Marketing – “Bugs on the Windshield.”
Sometimes, you get pounded with a swarm. Here are some examples –
Someone who you really counted on as a leader quits.
Someone who you really counted on signs up with someone else.
The company events are too far.
You waited on hold too long for customer service.
There are too many conference calls.
There is too much training.
There isn’t enough training.
There are too many emails.
An email or phone call doesn’t get returned quickly enough.
The answer can’t be found.
Whatever it is, all of us have those times that we feel the bugs have invaded. It’s going to happen in life; friendships; with children; and with our life partners. Sometimes, it invades an entire town or community. It certainly happens in business.
You’ve heard it before – Tough times don’t last but tough people do.
You are here because you are “a tough person!!!”
NOTE TO SELF – STOP WHINING; STOP THE PITY PARTY; STOP FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF; GET OFF YOUR DUFF AND GET BACK IN THE GAME.
We all have stuff that goes on in real life and things that get us down. And, the key words are – WE ALL DO! Everyone who ever built a successful business; every athlete who ever won the gold medal; everyone everywhere has challenges.
It’s how we deal with those challenges that make the difference between those who succeed and those who will quit.
The reality is, we can’t change any of the past, or those things that have happened.
Things change; people change; teams change. My son cried his 7 year old heart out at the end of his first hockey season. He knew he would not get the same team again the next season. He was right. He had a different team; and another one the next season, and so on. And they were all wonderful in their own way, and yet different.
Our team’s will change; leadership changes; products change, and yet there is always reason to embrace that change and make room for the new that awaits us. It’s all about looking at the door opening and not at the one closing.
You are a champion. And, you have a championship season ahead of you. If you just stay in the game, you won’t choke at the free throw line. You’ll sink the ball; be lifted on the team’s shoulders and ride off into the sunset.
When business “slow downs” happen, the first thing to look at is yourself. Did you change anything? Make an adjustment? Take time out to do this, that or the other thing? What are you doing differently? Are you taking the same action steps daily?
There are two things that speak loud and clear – results and excuses.
Which do you produce more of on a daily basis?
When your business isn’t moving forward the way you want it to, who do you blame?
When chaos consumes your life, who do you blame?
At the end of the day, when you are in a funk, who do you blame?
In my early days in my business, I lived with a lot of excuses and blame –
Things will be better when the company does THIS.
Things will be better when my downline does THAT.
More people will be interested when THIS happens.
What a train wreck that kind of thinking was!
I have watched people spend thousands of dollars and thousands of hours building systems and the “perfect” mousetrap, and yet no more mice were caught. I’ve looked for that holy grail as well.
Success in this business is NOT about systems; NOT about the next new product; NOT about the perfect script; NOT about what others can and should do for you.
Yes, systems can help; and new products are nice; and new scripts may feel more comfortable. But they are not what determine your ultimate success.
Success in this business, day in and day out, lies with YOU. Every day, success is a choice. Every step you take and every step you delay determines your success.
What steps will you take and what steps will you delay today? The answers will determine your success and the speed of it.
Today, I feel empowered by what lies ahead; challenged by the new things that are coming; new trainings being taught and new ways of reaching out to people. We don’t need more training; more calls; or more “stuff.” We just need more nuts and bolts action. Everything anyone needs to be successful is already available. The leaders will reach out and grab it. You just need to point them in the right direction and certainly, support them.
If someone on your team doesn’t take action, and you know you have done your job in pointing and supporting, please don’t feel that somehow you haven’t done enough or could be doing more. Success and the desire for it comes from within each person.
Some get started and succeed without ever having any real sponsorship at all and yet they sought out what they needed. The leaders will always do that. Be there to celebrate and embrace the moment with them.
Join us! We look forward to the journey with you!