The power of positive thinking that is so often preached about in self-help books and movies these days is seen by many people as being "hocus-pocus", or brain-washing at its best, especially if you are one of the many who is frustrated with making money at home online.
It is probably those who think about it in such a negative way who don't really know about "The Secret". I have yet to see the movie myself, and have just started reading the book, but can already tell you that my thoughts and feelings became more positive after only 20 pages. It is going to be a proud addition to my spiritual book collection, and manifested in my business life to help me make more money at home online.
I am an online business owner who, like everyone in this business, wants to make money at home online. But I am one of the "survivors" as I so call it. When you consider that 95-98% of all those who start an online business quit within their first year, I am proud to still be alive and kicking. But this did not happen by mistake or miracle, and your success or failure in business and life is no accident either, as you will see when you read on...
If you haven't learned "The Secret", then now is the time if you want a successful online business. What is "The Secret" you ask, and how will it help you make money at home online?
"The Secret" is simply "the law of attraction" - That "like" attracts "like". If you have negative thoughts about your business and think you'll never make any money at it, then you are attracting more and more negative thoughts just like that one, which over time will become your reality.
For example, if you find out that 95% of all online business owners quit within their first year, and have negative doubts about your success, then that is what the universe will mirror back at you: More doubt, more fears, more failure. If you let these thoughts of doubt, fear, and failure dominate your thinking, then eventually this is the fate you will create for yourself.
Those who really want to make money at home online are positive thinkers who know already that they are part of the small 5% who will succeed at this business. "The Secret" tells us that it doesn't matter how - What matters is that you already believe and feel it within yourself that you already have what you want. You already have money, success, love, and riches. You feel it, and you feel good about it.
The master of "The Secret" knows that even when you don't actually have what you desire right this minute - money at home online - that you have an intense faith that it will come. Any time fear and doubt creeps into your thoughts, you must change them, otherwise the universe will get mixed signals about what you want, and you will get mixed results.
Many online business owners may be very skeptical of this principle, but it is exactly that skepticism that breeds exactly what they don't want. They won't make money at home online because they are skeptical that they will. It is an undying truth that you get what you ask for, and that you create your reality with your thoughts.
The beauty of it all is that we are masters of our thoughts, so if we want negativity, fear, and doubt, we will get just that. If we want to change that, we can! If you really want to make money at home online, then there are steps you can take to help change your thoughts and create the reality you want.
Step one according to "The Secret" is to ask, or in other words, define what you want. Be very specific, picture it, and do not mention what you don't want. For example, "I have $1000 per month in profits from my online business". When you stay focused on that end result, it doesn't matter how it happens, when, or where - what you focus on will become your reality.
Notice that I said, "I have $1000 per month in profits...", rather than "I want $1000 per month in profits". If you want it, the universe will give that right back to you - the wanting of it, and you will get more wanting of it! Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it!
That brings me to the next step according to "The Secret", which is to believe that you already have it and will get it. If your thoughts go astray, be careful, because you might just get what you have led your thoughts astray to thinking, feeling, and believing! It may take time to train yourself to keep your thoughts and feelings in check so that you can stay focused and positive about what you want.
The final step according to "The Secret" is to receive, or truly feel good about and love what you want, or feel the same way that you would if you actually had it. You won't make money at home online if you think you can't, for that's like asking for a positive, but feeling negative - a conflict of opposites in the universe.
This is the first part of "The Secret" and how it can help you make money at home online. Remember that you create your own life with your thoughts, so think happy thoughts and you will get what you ask for!
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About the Author:
Liane Bate owns a Plug-in Profit Site web business. Learn how to Make Money At Home Online with "The Secret".
There are several interesting phenomena's in Network Marketing or business in general that I haven't quite figured out why they happen.
One being that distributors will start seeing success-- and then they will change what they are doing for no reason and they can't figure out why they aren't being successful anymore or that their business slows down.
Another one is they will see others succeed -- and instead of doing what successful distributors are doing they will try to reinvent the wheel.
Another is they will try everything they can to stay within their comfort zone and hope it is enough to create success.
If I was starting brand spanking new in a network marketing company today, there are a few things I would do to assure instant success and sustain that success over time a long period of time.
The first thing I would do is get my head around the fact that success has nothing to do with comfort. Life begins... at the end of your comfort zone! We rarely see success, if ever, without getting out of our comfort zone. You have to stretch a little, and sometimes a lot, to make things happen!
The second thing I would do is find the top 25 money earners in the company or the people in my area, who are being successful, find out what they are doing, look for the common threads and clone those activities that are getting the results I want. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. Every MLM, Sales, Success book or CD worth its price will tell you to look for the people who are making it happen and do what they do. Wait... what do you do if you actually find those successful marketers and then they don't want to tell you what they do to make it work? Keep reading.
If you are lucky enough, you'll find the right mentors and leaders to literally walk you through the process of how to make it all happen. Talk to your upline. Wait... you've already done that, huh? You've been to the conference calls. You've gone to the conventions. You've done 3-way calls with your upline. We've all been told that this business is a numbers game. But, those 'numbers' don't have to be the lady standing next to you in the grocery store or your dental hygenist.
When I was a little girl, we use to play the game "Follow the Leader". We would pick someone to lead us and we would do exactly what the title of game suggests. Everywhere the leader led us we would go. If the leader wasn't a very good leader, we would be led to do some pretty stupid stuff. Maybe we made it home in time for dinner, and maybe not.
The great thing about the Dream Team is that we have some pretty amazing leaders. I suggest you "Follow the leader(s)" and don't reinvent the wheel. Thousands have joined our training programs and seen great success. Who will you follow? Have you found your leader?Lana Robinson
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There is a group of people that can't go forward and achieve UNLESS the world is a certain way, the company does certain things, the weather co-operates, the sponsor says the right words, and no personal problems appear.
All of these circumstances control the fates of these individuals.So you ask them: "So how does it feel to be controlled by everyone and everything?"
And they reply:
"Oh, it's not my fault. I just don't have any choices or opportunity. These things are always in my way."
These people are victims of their circumstances.
Now, there is a group of people that decides to achieve and move forward DESPITE the world's situation, the company's problems, the lousy weather, the worthless sponsor, and the constant barrage of personal problems. Hmmm. This group makes better networkers :)
The circumstances are the same for both groups, but the results are quite different.
So my question is:
"Which group will you decide to join?"
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Instead of asking "Why can't my distributors get going?" you should find ways to lead them to want to do it.
When deadlines are pressing and every one's whining, when you've reminded someone of a special that's valid just for this month for the umpteenth time, or when you've seen the usual suspects drag in late to meetings, conference calls, or not grow their business have you ever said in frustration, "Why can't they just do what I'm doing?" Welcome to the club!
At the end of the day, it feels like being an upline is like being a glorified babysitter. The duties are the same but the shoe sizes are bigger. You spend your time chasing your distributors around and reminding them of what they are supposed to do and not do.
There has to be a better way, right?
It's called leadership. When you lead, you create an environment where people decide to follow, to take responsibility, and to beheld accountable. When you manage, you tell people what to do, monitor the progress, and make adjustments. Network Marketing is not about 'managing' your 'employees'. You have no employees. You have distributors. You shouldn't press them to do what they don't want to do; the more you lead and the less you manage, the more successful both you and your distributors will be.
Explain How They Fit in the Bigger Picture
The first step in leadership is determining where you are going. How can people grow their own business if they don't know their purpose? How does their participation in their own business fit in the big picture or even the next cog in the wheel? If they don't know what that next level in the company is, they won't see the big picture. If they don't know what bringing in 10 additional people to their business means for them, they won't do it. People take responsibility more easily when they know what they're responsible for.
The second step is gaining commitment. Make sure you have clearly communicated what it takes to grow their business and that you've provided some sort of training, because if you haven't been specific, you are going to get mixed results.
Then make sure they understand why the system exists and ask them to identify any obstacles that keep them from achieving the system.
As an upline, your job is to provide resources and remove obstacles. When commitment wanes, as it will when the going gets tough, remind people about the importance of their commitment to the big picture. Not your big picture... but what the big picture is for them.
The third step is inviting people to improve the process. Get them watching for ways to continually do things better. Do some role playing. Have a mock presentation. Have a conference call and invite people in your group to discuss what's holding them back. Susie in Maine could have just the answer that Jeff in Texas is looking for.
If you want to challenge your very best distributors to stay engaged, ask for and reward innovative thinking. Encourage people to use "alien eyes" when they do their prospecting. That means to prospect with an outside perspective and ask, "Why do we do it this way?"
Leading Means Caring
The fourth step is showing you care. The old saying goes, "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
If you often find yourself saying, "Why can't they just sponsor more people" or "Why can't they just sell more, they'd make so much money for themselves if they did", look at your own attitude.
Have you been empathetic and caring about what is going on with them?
All of our lives are divided into segments. It is unrealistic to believe people can leave the rest of their lives outside the door when they are prospecting. Taking an interest in people and their lives will earn their caring toward you, as well. People enjoy working with and giving to people they care about. People are loyal to people they care about.
The fifth step is helping people find the right fit. Sometimes we put a round peg in a square hole and wonder why it doesn't work. It's really hard to be successful if you don't have the knowledge, skill, or talent. Does your company have online training? Does your company have business aids that would really help your downline? Did you read a book recently that helped you in your business? Do you have a mentor? Do you have a marketing plan?
Lead them in the right direction. If they are serious about building their business, they will take action. If they aren't serious about building their business, they'll keep doing what they're doing to not grow their business. How much of your time do you want to take up with someone who's not serious? You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink.
So, the next time you're pulling your hair out asking "Why can't they just sponsor and sell more?" ask yourself, "Am I doing everything I can do as a leader to help them succeed?" You have to lead by creating an environment where they both want to be and can be successful.
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I'm going to share with you a strategy that's helped hundreds, if not thousands of people.
Don't try to improve 100% today.
Don't try to improve 50% today.
Not even 25%.
"Lana, what in the world are you talking about?"
Just follow me here.
I learned this 'insight' 10 years ago and it's helped me, BIGTIME, especially over the last 5 years.
Here's the bottom line. Most people don't do much. They do just what's necessary of them and that's it.
Whether they want to live a life of 'quiet desperation', they're lazy, or need a vision for their future, I don't know. But the fact of the matter is most people just do enough to get by.
Listen, it's so easy to be UNCOMMON. When you 'get it', you get in a flow where uncommon wealth and an uncommon lifestyle can be yoursfor the taking. They really can.
"Lana, tell me more, what can I do to become more and achieve more?"
I want to SELL YOU on a concept here. Not a product. A Concept.
Let's see if I can persuade you, ready? Great.
You see, I believe in the 1% DIFFERENCE.
I believe you don't need to do 50% or 100% more than you're doing now to make a big difference in your life.
My life gives evidence that if you do 1% more than you're doing now you get 100% more of the results.
Put 1% more action into what you're doing.
Put 1% more into any prospecting you're doing.
Put 1% more into your marketing.
Put 1% more into your self education.
Put 1% more into expanding your circle of influence.
Put 1% more energy into your personal relationships.
Love yourself 1% more.
Love your customers 1% more.
I don't know how to be 100% better today, but I do know how to be 1% better.
I challenge you. Try LIVING 'The 1% Difference' for the next 72 hours.
Do 1% more. Watch how you feel.
Watch how you grow and BE great.
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If you were to simplify what your job really is in selling your company's product or service, it would be that you are justifying the product/service's price. If you fail at justifying the price,your prospect walks away. If you succeed at justifying the price,your prospect buys the product.
The process of justifying the price of a product or service is to demonstrate or give reasons that the prospect will benefit from using or owning the product or service. This only works if the reasons are valuable to the prospect!
And how could you possibly know if the justifications you're giving to the prospect are valuable to them? You can guess...or you could ask them "Why would you want _______?" Thus, inviting them to tell you why they think they may want to take supplements/vitamins.
A simplified version of inviting your prospect is: Greet the prospect, find out what they need or want, invite them to look at something that will help them get what they need or want.
As an example, let's suppose I sell supplements that cost $129 per month. Everyone knows you can buy supplements at the drug store for $10 a month. So I would have to justify an extra $119 expense - if I do they will buy the product - if I don't they will buy an inferior product.
So, after greeting the prospect I would ask them why they would want supplements. NOTE: This is just one example; I'm sure you're wondering how I get into the discussion of supplements in the first place. Anyway... for the sake of an example that's what I'm using....
In my conversation with the prospect I ask them why they take supplements - they respond, "Because I don't eat very healthy."With that statement I could now do whatever type of justification I wanted as long as I keep coming back to "because I don't eat very healthy." Why? Because that's what is valuable to the prospect.
I could explain the importance of the pills dissolving so the prospect actually gets the nutrients. I could take some of those $10 supplements and drive them into a board with a hammer to demonstrate the difference in tablets and capsules - I could do and say many different things but they (the statements and demonstrations) must help the prospect with, "because I don't eat very healthy." That's the only way you will justify the prospect paying for the extra value.
Many people take supplements for the very reason I used above ("because I don't eat very healthy"). There is no chance the person would get one dime's worth of value from using supplements that don't dissolve. Think about it.
The above example is just one - but don't get lost in the example and miss the point. The point is - you are in the justification of price business. You don't start justifying your price until you know why they would even want your product or service.
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Have ever tried to think hard about how to find people who are interested in your business or product? This is fundamental to your business.
So lets start off with a question. Who would you rather talk to about your product or service?
1. Your friends and family (*shudder* I personally don't like option 1)
2. A complete stranger who by pure bad luck (for them) happens to be stood within arms reach of you in the supermarket, or street.
3. Someone who has already demonstrated their interest in your product or service?
Personally I'd always take option 3. You see both options 1 and 2 are way too difficult. So that brings us to a question of how to find these people. I mean it would be really nice if they walked down the street with a sign or a balloon that said "I'm interested". But unfortunately they don't.
So where do we start? Well actually it isn't where you think. Step 1 is about thinking who your prospect is. This is far more detailed than you might initially think. Grab a pen and paper, and we'll do this together.
OK, for this purpose I'm going to use a Health product as an example. Lets say that this product is really generic and the main claim is that it helps the body to heal itself.
So who exactly is our prospect?
Normally, I'd take you through this step by step, but space is limited. So I'd target this campaign's prospect as someone aged 40-55, who has recently bought a health, weight loss or similar product, who has bought a product with a credit card and who has a household income above $50K. Would that be a good prospect? You bet, and they're available in the thousands and cost less than a cent if you know how!
I must speak to at least 20 people a day in Network Marketing or any sort of home business, who tell me they just can't seem to get ahead. They're either babysitting their downline, working with new prospects, trying to come up with more and more inventive ways to get loads of people to look at their business, or at least 2 dozen other things holding them back from growing their business.
It seems that everyone is running full speed and going nowhere. I'll even bet that's how you feel too isn't it?
Well, today is gonna be good for you, as I'm about to teach you The Secret Art Of Cloning Yourself!
And no, this isn't some weird science experiment.
I'm talking about the art and science of delegation. You see most people in regular businesses, delegate to people below them. They'll delegate jobs that they don't like doing or jobs they don't have time for.
You, as a home business owner, don't have anyone to delegate too. Sure you can hire an assistant (and believe me this can be a god-send as your organization grows), but you don't need to at first.
You need to be smarter than your boss at the J.O.B. You need to maximize and leverage what you have available.
Therefore, look to your downline, as your subordinates in a way. Just remember they are all business owners and can tell you to go jump off a bridge without risk of getting fired, but you can get them to work for you, if you do it right.
For example if you have someone in your downline who is very good at typing - have them do the team newsletter instead of you. If you have someone who is good on the computer, have them do the website instead of you.
The key in all this is to build up the person you're going to delegate work to. Tell them that you respect the way they grow their business, and you'd like them to start taking a more integral role in the way the team works. Let them know that you'd like them to become part of your inner circle of people you work with, and in exchange you're looking for them to start doing job X on a monthly basis. In exchange you'll be spending focused time helping them grow their downlines, maybe even putting a percentage of your growth into their downline.
This way its a win win. Everyone in your team is feeling included. You're building leadership and leaders beneath you which is essential to success, everyone is doing what they are best at and benefiting from everyone else's best assets.
And you just gained hours of time a week to actually work on growing your business.
It'll be just like you cloned yourself.
Most of you, otherwise you wouldn't be here, right?
Let me ask you another question. How much money have you ever made in your business?
You see 95% of all home businesses, whether its MLM, Network Marketing or retail, rarely make any money. Its almost comical that they are all called businesses. A more apt description would be a regular donation to the company who's products you like. I know that that is harsh. But how many of you have ever spent money on the products the company has to promote your business? CD's, DVD's, books, flyers, business cards, catalogs, shirts... the list goes on.
Or how about those weekly hotel meetings where you are encouraged to bring guests... but even if you don't have anyone to bring with you it's important to the success of your business to be there. Have you ever done the math? Look around the hotel room next time you're there. Normally there are anywhere from 60 to 200 fellow representatives sitting there with you, all paying a set amount to get in, normally around $10 each.
Do the math, thats between $600 and $2000 a week per hotel meeting. The average room hire cost for 2 hours is around $200. So who's business is really benefiting from the extra? I'm no expert at math, but I can tell you it isn't your business that's growing. How much benefit did you really get from that presentation that you heard 15 times already?
And that's not including the big company events that are MUST DO if you're serious, which cost $100 a go, every few months. And what about those yearly conventions? How much have you spent to attend those, including air fare, gas, car rental, hotel, food, etc.? Then, after you get there you are so excited about the new products your company offers that you spend even more money on products, DVDs, CDs and the like.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not beating up anyone here. Your upline is a busy person who's time is valuable, and they deserve to be paid for being in that meeting and closing your prospects for you.
My only point here, is "Are you a Network Marketer.... just not profitable?"
Sit down and take a hard look at your business, and cut out any expense that is not absolutely necessary. Then invest the difference in education and training to market your business so that once your warm market runs dry, your business growth doesn't.
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Did you answer automatically YES I DO! Come on, I know you did. So let me ask you. Why? Why do you deserve success, to be successful, to live the life of the rich and the famous. What exactly is your big reason why? Everyone involved in a network marketing company will tell you that you have to have a really big reason why. And... it your reason shouldn't be because you want to make a lot of money. Money doesn't create happiness.... don't get me wrong. It does help... a lot. But the real goal is to help other people get what they want, which in turn helps you get what you want. Right?
Are you willig to do whatever it takes to be successful and get there? Are you willing to work 21 hour days, to put your business above everything else other than your family and health? To miss your favorite events so you can spend an extra hour on your business?
If you answered yes to all the above then you're lucky. You do deserve success. Now you just have to work on figuring out how to do it.
In order to succeed you need 3 things in this order. You need failure. You need introspection, and you need courage.
Well... we've all had the failure. So that one's easy.
For those of you who are not sure what introspection means (I had to look it up too!) it means to look at what you did and reflect on it. You need to look at what you've been doing so far and ask yourself the difficult question, did it really work? Honestly and truthfully?
Finally you need courage. Once you recognize that what you've done so far isn't working as it should. You need the courage to go out there and find out what does work, and then have the courage to take the next step, to invest in yourself to learn those techniques, and finally the courage to apply them into your business.
Do you have the courage to achieve the success that you deserve ? Only you can answer that.
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