There is No Spoon – How to Stop Bullets!
When I first started in Network Marketing, I heard over and over again, “you have to be bulletproof!” I never quite knew what that meant, so I listened to everything the company leaders said and I tried to follow the example of my up-line, but deep down I still had my doubts. One day, I thought I had finally become “bulletproof”. I walked around with the belief that our product was the very best and our comp plan was above and beyond everyone else’s. I was fooling myself, because the instant I tried to tell people how easy it was to make money with the company and how quickly you could become financially free, deep down I knew it wasn’t true. From then on I lost faith in the methods I was taught and I just couldn’t bring myself to talk to people about my business. Needless to say, I struggled and I lost a lot of money.
Glad to Fail
Now that I look back, I’m glad I didn’t succeed in the beginning, because I learned a lot about what I didn’t want to do. I knew that approaching my friends and family was not a method I wanted to repeat and I don’t want to teach that technique to others who are first starting out. I do understand however that it’s not a bad idea to contact people in your warm market, but you should do it when you are not so dependent on them signing up into your business. The experience I had in the beginning was something I would not want to put another person through, for me it was pretty painful, but I gained a great insight from that experience and this is that insight; “You don’t know what you want until you know what you don’t want ”, which holds true for just about anything in life.
Because of my experience, I now know that I want people chasing me down and not the other way around. Now I know it’s possible to put a system in place that exposes people to my opportunity 24 hours a day every day of the year. I’m glad I failed in the beginning because if I would have succeeded, I would be teaching others how to be miserable in network marketing.
Don’t be Bulletproof – Just Stop the Bullets
To this day I’m still not bulletproof, but I don’t have to be; I just stop the bullets. One thing I’ve come to understand about being bulletproof is that you have to have total faith in the company, the cause, the product or whatever; if you’re bulletproof you have to take the hits and still believe. Sometimes you have to believe in your company so much that it defies all reason. I say I’m not bulletproof because I don’t have that much faith in any company, and I can’t blindly believe in leaders that teach strategies that haven’t worked for so many people. I try to see things as they are and what I see is a system, a proven way of getting results. I see something closer to a math equation rather than an unwavering devotion; you do “x” and you get “y”, 2+2=4. Simple. I haven’t become bulletproof because I prefer to maintain a mindset that renders the bullets themselves ineffective.
You’ll Find That it’s Not the Spoon That Bends, it is You That Bends
When you come to the realization that success is something you attract and not something you achieve, you’ll find that your success starts with you. Most people think that in order to be successful in Network Marketing you have to do all this stuff; you have to run all over the state and do presentations, you have to set up hotel meetings, you have to call people who have no interest in what you have to offer (because you never know who will join) and on and on. Let’s face it, if you’re doing all this work and spending all your time working the biz (or getting worked over by your biz), it does not look that attractive to others. Instead of doing all that, wouldn’t it be more attractive to have qualified leads signing into your business on autopilot? Wouldn’t it be nice to have people leaving a number to contact them because they’re interested in your opportunity? I’m not a lazy person and I’m not saying that this business doesn’t take work, but you have to leverage your time and your efforts. Shift your thinking and work on yourself first, focus on bringing value to the market place, learn how to leverage your time so you can teach other people how to do the same. Help people get what they want and you can have everything you want. That’s how you bend the spoon.
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